Ngāti Awa Social & Health Services
Ngāti Awa Social & Health Services delivers a broad range of health, social and education services to whānau, hapū, iwi and the wider community. Its vision is Te Pou Mataaho (ultimate wellbeing).
Their involvement in suicide prevention has been on going since 2001 when they delivered the Kia Piki Te Ora o Nga Taitamariki (Youth Suicide Prevention) Service. In 2012 the organisation supported a support group for whanau who had been impacted upon by suicide in Kawerau. Then in 2013, they were involved in supporting whānau whose taiohi had put a suicide pact in place in the Ngati Awa rohe. The work brought the whānau, their taiohi, koroua and kuia, and hapū and community members together, seeking the capability, knowledge and skills to prevent suicide.
Their Waka Hourua project, called Te Pou Mataaho - Ultimate Wellbeing, is about increasing the capability of individuals and whānau to prevent and reduce the incidence of suicide in the Ngāti Awa rohe. Ngāti Awa Social & Health Services plans to work with whānau, hapū, iwi and community to increase their capability, skills and knowledge to prevent suicide in the Ngati Awa rohe. The work the organisation has done in terms of the supporting groups through suicide, taiohi leadership and ensuring the voice of taiohi is included in kaupapa affecting them, and the Ngāti Awa Hapu Challenge, has helped them to implement this project.
The project focused on:
- Suicide Prevention Workshops for whanau, hapū, Iwi and community member - Understanding suicide and its impact, promoting community services available and promoting resilience and reducing access to the means of suicide.
- Support Groups for whānau who have experienced suicide or suicide attempt - Establishing support groups to provide a safe environment for whānau to start the process of talking.
- Education, information and support - Establishing what’s available and what gaps exist to identify any additional resources required.
- Programmes focused on whānau reconstruction - There is also a need for programmes that are focused on whānau reconstruction.