Our impact

Suicide Prevention for all

Suicide prevention strategies focus on reducing the risk factors and intervening strategically to reduce the level of risk.

At some stage in our lives, we are likely to encounter a family member, friend or colleague in a mental health crisis and we may feel very unprepared to deal with people that have either attempted suicide or feel suicidal.

Suicide Prevention workshops

  • Equip you with the tools so you feel confident knowing the steps to take in these situations.
  • One in twenty people have suicidal thoughts and during stressful situations this can increase.
  • Suicide can be prevented when people  learn intervention skills to identify those at risk at an early stage.

Find out more about safeTALK suicide prevention workshops.

Postvention Support

At Life Matters we understand the shock, devastation and severe trauma experienced during the aftermath when a loved one dies of suicide.

You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. How long bereavement lasts is not determined by any medical or psychological source. It’s a very personal and unique journey. Friends, family and faith may be sources of support. Grief counselling or grief support groups may be helpful to some people.

  • We can provide support in the form of listening or offering practical advice, free of judgement.
  • We can provide support to help with police, toxicology results, hospital investigations, coronial inquests or Health and Disability investigations to help you make informed decisions.
  • We provide advice from a lived experience point of view.
  • If breaches of best practice standards have occurred, then we can promote changes that may prevent further suicides.

Learn more about support after suicide.

Mental Health Inquiry

A large number of New Zealanders suffer from poor mental health and there is a sense of frustration amongst mental health service users and their families around accessing appropriate services. Many people don’t feel heard, understood, or taken seriously. They experience mental health care as superficial, beating around the bush, condescending, and sometimes disrespectful.

Life Matters would like all people with the lived experience as well as bereaved people to be included at every step in the inquiry and the advisory panel to determine the terms of reference. This panel must travel the country holding local hearings for everyone who wishes to contribute and have their voice heard.

Find out more and sign our petitions on our Mental Health Inquiry page.