Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust pursues Hei Manaaki ngā Kaumātua (Enhancing the health and wellbeing of kaumātua) in health, education and recreation, welfare and housing. The majority of kaumātua enrolled with its organisation are over 55 years, Māori, female and live in areas of high deprivation. The whānau the kaumātua support often face the same socio-economic and health challenges as they do and through 2012 - 2013 the number of suicides, both actual and attempted, within their whānau increased.
The Trust’s Waka Hourua project aimed to develop kaumātua friendly resources and tools to help kaumātua identify whānau members at risk of suicide and help them to effectively support kaumātua in suicide prevention and post-vention.
Kaumātua asked Rauawaawa to help:
- develop kaumātua friendly resources and tools that will help them identify the signs of whānau members at risk of suicide,
- develop kaumātua friendly resources and tools that will help them identify what they can do to help prevent suicide and, in the event of suicide,
- provide kaumātua with awareness and access to the support available.
Kaumātua also wanted a resource developed for kaumātua within the whānau to help them address the mamae themselves and enhance the support they receive and give in the post-attempt or post-suicide process.
Rauawawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust created the He Maimai Aroha - Suicide Prevention and Support resource, which consists of five videos to support kaumātua.
- Introduction to He Maimai Aroha - Suicide Prevention and Support resource
- Contemplating suicide and deciding not to go through with the suicide
- Supporting whānau in dealing with suicide
- Recognising the signs of someone at the risk of suicide and the role of kaumātua
- Attempted suicide, types of support received, and dealing with suicide.