World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

September 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Church of Otago
415 Moray Place
Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

This year’s event will have amazing speakers who will share their knowledge and bring us more hope.

  • Sam O’Sullivan from Tough Talk
  • Jamie Allen from Taranaki Retreat
  • Klaudia Bennett student
  • Matt Toa from MMA
  • Maria Dillon who lost her son Harry to suicide.

Find out more about our speakers.

They all come with different messages and we are all working together for a safer future to save lives.

Performances by The Suitcase Theatre, Lani Alo and Kylie Price, as well as KVC Kapa haka group. Arrive early to listen to Lani Alo performing on the grand piano.

This year we celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day under the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”. This theme highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention – collaboration. Collaboration and integration at all levels is required, between government and stakeholders, funding bodies and public and private sector organisations, NGOs and those that they serve, healthcare professionals and their patients and persons at risk and their family, friends and co-workers. Only when we bring together the knowledge, skills, resources and efforts of wide ranges of individuals and organisations can we collectively address the challenges presented by suicidal behaviour in society today.

Life Matters are inviting agencies, businesses and individuals wanting to work together with us in a positive way to make this day a success and provide more support and education than ever before. Remember we keep this a safe event and it will be run according to the Life Matters’ ethos with safe discussions, support and literature.

Preventing suicide is possible and you are a key player in its prevention! You as a member of society, you as a child, a parent, a friend, a colleague or a neighbour can make a difference. The more that we know about the issue, the better we understand it, and the more efficiently we can cooperate to address suicide and the challenges it presents. There are many things that you can do on WSPD and every day to prevent suicidal behaviour, from raising awareness on the issue, by educating yourself and others on the warning signs and causes of suicide, by showing compassion and care for those who are in distress in your community, by questioning the stigmatisation of mental health challenges and illness and by sharing your own experiences.

The main focus is on support, remembering loved ones and what we can do better to help one another. This is by no means glamorising suicide and we are not selling products to make profit.

To help protect vulnerable people there are some restrictions in New Zealand on what can be made public about a suicide or suspected suicide. These are set out in Section 71 of the Coroners Act 2006. The Act was amended in 2016 to clarify the restrictions. Therefor we do not talk or write publicly about the method or suspected method of death in any detail because it serves no purpose other than cause upset.

There will be candle lighting and love tokens to remember loved ones lost to suicide.

Gold coin donation is appreciated to cover refreshments provided.

More information to follow about exact format, speakers and times. Please save the date.

Thanks to First Church for their generosity and letting us use the church and Burns Hall.

Please bring along photos of your loved ones to place on our remembrance table.



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