That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up
Supporting children, young people, and their whānau to navigate through tough times by building RESILIENT INDIVIDUALS and COMMUNITIES.
The thoughts, feelings and reactions we experience, when we’re faced with change and loss, whatever our age, are known as grief.
Relationships, including romantic relationships, can bring us deep joy and connection and they take work.
Families are constantly changing.
Skylight receives many requests for information and support from young people, whānau and people working with them, around LGBTQI+ issues.
There may be grief associated with the loss of health that can come, with an illness and disability.
Violence is the use of physical harm, or the threat of harm. When this violence causes fear in another person, it becomes an abusive action.
Is the ability to bounce back when we face tough times, helping us to cope.
Supporting yourself, your whānau, and others after a disaster.
Trauma is a response to either a one-time event – such as an earthquake – or to many adverse experiences over time – such as Domestic Violence.
The death or anticipated death of someone important to you, can cause great grief and sadness, whatever the cause of death.
When someone ends their own life, we say they have died by suicide.
Behaviour in children and young people may indicate that something is “going on”, that they don’t feel equipped to manage. Sometimes that can be challenging.
Skylight partnered with Film for Change Aotearoa and Te Puni Kōkiri to make a web series for suicide prevention focusing on building resilience by rangatahi for rangatahi to help other rangatahi develop resilience and contribute towards suicide prevention.
It features rangatahi Māori including takatāpui sharing stories of how they have survived suicide or had a personal loss of a friend or whānau member to suicide, and what helps them get through the tough times.
Aotearoa has the highest rate of rangatahi suicide in the world. More than one third of the 130 Māori suicides recorded for 2016/17 were rangatahi Māori aged 10-24 years. Each year, the rate of rangatahi suicide consistently equates to double that of non-Māori youth.
The suicide mortality review committee’s 2016 review of rangatahi Māori suicide deaths found that issues surrounding sexuality were significant in 7.2% of all deaths by suicide of rangatahi Māori aged 15-24 years between 2007 and 2011.
You can watch the web series here
The personal experiences shared in the webisodes may be disturbing for some viewers as they talk about suicide. If you find watching them is upsetting, please reach out and talk to someone.
Skylight is here to help you through difficult times. We can assist you in a variety of ways with information appropriate for your situation. You are welcome to visit us and receive free information and a support pack from our resource centre and borrow books from the specialist library. We also facilitate Professional Development training and offer Counselling support services for children, young people, family/whānau and individuals who are experiencing tough times.
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