Waka Hourua

Te Kupenga Net Trust Mental Health & Addictions Peer Support & Advocacy Service

Te Kupenga Net Trust Mental Health & Addictions Peer Support & Advocacy Service

Over recent years Tairāwhiti has been crippled by the level of suicide in its communities and there is very limited support for people that are bereaved by suicide. Talking and working with those that have been and or are affected by suicidality is difficult due to the cultural whakama associated with this kaupapa. 

The Trust provides mental health and addictions consumer led peer support and advocacy for individuals and whānau, holding the Māori Like Minds Like Mine contract for Tairāwhiti, and providing education to community, business and social sectors as well as working alongside clinical servicers to whānau.  

This Waka Hourua project provided suicide prevention and post-vention education within the Māori and Pasifika communities throughout Tairāwhiti to remove the myths and stigmatisation attached to suicide. Planned activities included working with marae and hapū and Pasifika communities to develop education seminars, prevention workshops and intervention screening. 

Kuia, koroua and pakeke relevant to the Pasifika communities were enlisted to help demistify suicidal ideation and establish strong relationships with clinical services. Mātauranga Māori enlisted in the delivery of the programme to whānau and community. Five staff members who work at Te Kupenga Net Trust were trained specifically in suicide intervention and prevention. 

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