Alex on Te Araroa Trail Walk for Life

Hello everyone,

Starting November 1st, I will be starting at Cape Reinga and walking 3000km until I reach Cape Bluff!

This journey is the length of New Zealand and is going to take me roughly four months. This event is to create awareness and funds for teen suicide. Its a major issue in NZ. Together we will raise funds for charities that are dedicated to supporting those in need.

If we can prevent even one young person in NZ taking their own life, I would be the happiest guy alive! However, I hope to achieve a bigger goal than this! Spreading awareness will create a positive ripple affect for the youth of New Zealand.

Thank you all 🙂

Alex, 2017

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Psychosis: Delusions

Corinda Taylor

Someone with first episode of phychosis can also have delusions.
Delusions are firmly held beliefs which are not based on reality or are a distorted version of reality.
For instance they believe they are God, or they are being plotted against, or they are under surveillance, or that they have a radio transmitter planted in the head, or that the TV is speaking them directly.
These beliefs are real… to the person experiencing them and may cause them to have strong feelings such as fear, anger, or elation.

Confused thinking
* Thoughts become confused, jumbled or nonsensical
* Thoughts may seem to speed up or slow down
* Person may have difficulty concentrating, speaking clearly or understanding a conversation, or remembering things
* Person may have difficulty understanding the intentions of others in social situations

Changed feelings
* Unexplained mood swings
* Overexcited, depressed or anxious
* Hard to feel emotion – numb and shut out

Changed behaviour
* More active and impulsive than usual
* Less active – sit around all day, sleep a lot
* Laugh or become upset at no apparent reason

Remember, this too will pass with good help and support.

Running Auckland Marathon

Hi, my name is Georgia Manera and I am running the Auckland Half Marathon in order to raise awareness and break the negative stigma surrounding suicide in New Zealand.
I was first exposed to the issue of suicide as a child when my Mother’s cousin took his own life. I was too young to understand what it meant.
Fast forward a few years to age 18 when I was next affected by suicide, this time it was a close friend of my brother.
A couple years later and it was again my family that lost a beautiful soul, Kodi. Kodi was our handsome, outgoing, sporty and intelligent cousin at the tender age of 14 when he lost his life to suicide last July. Not so long after, this year in April, I lost a mate to suicide, he was only 22. And just this week, another family member has sadly passed due to suicide.
I have felt first hand what it is like to lose someone to suicide, and I have seen the effects it has on whanau and entire communities.
We need to break this negative stigma, we need to be able to speak up and know that we aren’t alone.
One death is too many.
Love your mates, speak up, reach out and let’s break this cycle.
Thank you in advance,
Georgia Manera, 2017

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Running for Suicide Prevention

In the last few months I’ve had a few mates go through some rough times. I’m fortunate that my friends are on the mend, and all they’ve needed is a generous serving of TLC. However, what’s grown obvious is that these problems are far more prevalent in NZ than I thought. As a proud Kiwi, I decided to try and make a difference.

Max Grice, 2017

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The Bucket List Challenge

The Bucket List is Dunedin’s premiere corporate mixed martial arts event. A competition designed to take every day people just like you and me through a two and half month physical and mental journey with benefits and memories that will last a lifetime.

We would like to use this opportunity to do something for those less fortunate.
All competitors will have a page set up for them on the Givealittle website, so funds can be raised for their chosen registered charity. This year we are proud to support Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust.