Information for Communities


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Helpful Information to Know

A Guide to help Communities

Developing a community action plan to prevent and respond to suicide safely is one practical approach community groups can take in efforts to prevent suicide.  This simple guide was informed by the work of Te Rau Matatini's Pouarahi who identified eight core steps people can take to create localised community action plans. Download the plan here.  For further support please contact: Tio Sewell


Kia Piki te Ora: Māori suicide prevention programmes are in place in eight District Health Board regions (Northland, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Hawke’s Bay, Whanganui, Canterbury and Southland). Kia Piki te Ora Coordinators work collaboratively with whānau, hapu, iwi and community agencies to raise awareness and promote mental wellbeing.


The Ministry of Health keeps information regarding initiatives led by government that contribute to preventing suicide by enhancing protective factors or reducing risk factors. Please review here regularly for changes. 


Each District Health Board is expected to have and maintain a suicide prevention plan to facilitate cross-agency collaboration and when necessary activate a postvention plan to reduce the risk of suicide contagion.

•        All DHBs acknowledged Māori as a priority group in their communities

•        All DHBs acknowledged that it is vitally important to connect well with local Māori for both prevention and postvention activities

•        All DHBs identified a range of priority communities and approaches. As expected these vary across the country but include:

•        Youth

•        Men

•        Pasifika

•        LGBTQI

In most District Health Boards, there will be a person responsible for this plan, some District Health Boards have people in roles that focus on building resilience, suicide prevention and postvention also. Contact your local District Health Board to find out about the plan and who the person is monitoring the plan.

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