Suicide in New Zealand is a major public health issue.
If you are concerned about your immediate safety or the safety of someone else – Ring 111
Suicide numbers are growing every year, with New Zealand having the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world. For every suicide, there are tragic ripple effects for friends, whānau, colleagues and the broader community. Research shows that up to 100 people can be directly impacted by a person taking their own life.
It is important to be able to recognise someone at risk and ensure they get the professional help they need. If someone you know seems to be struggling, reach out and connect with them. Showing that you care could make a huge difference. If you find that you are struggling, try to reach out for support. Talk to someone you trust or you can contact the following specialised services.
Samaritans - offers confidential, non religious, and non judgmental support to anyone who may be feeling depressed lonely or even contemplating suicide. They are available 24 hours a day. Contact number 0800 726 666
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
Lifeline Aotearoa’s helpline and textline provides 24/7, confidential support from qualified counsellors and trained volunteers.
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) helpline for any person who is thinking about or attempted suicide, concerned about or supporting someone else or who is recently bereaved by suicide.
Need to Talk 1737- free call or text at any time for support from a trained Counsellor.
Skylight is here to help you navigate this difficult time. We have contract counselling services in Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Churton Park, Kāpiti , Whangarei, Auckland, New Plymouth and Christchurch and a partnership network across Aotearoa for support in other regions.
Our specialized Resource Centre and library can support you with information, publications, books and Dvds, accessible nationwide free of charge. Please follow the links to contact us for further information and access to the support that you and your whānau need.
We invite you to find out about our Waves programme - an evidence-based, well-evaluated programme for people bereaved by suicide at any time in their lives (for 18+ years old) or Travellers - a school based programme promoting resilience and well-being in year 9 students.
Please see the other headings in this section for more information or follow the links provided.