Suicide - Info for Family and Friends
What do we do?
Te Whatu Ora Lakes has developed an organised response in the aftermath of a suicide.
This is to help:
- Facilitate the healing of the grief, trauma and distress resulting from a suicide death
- Lessen other negative effects of exposure to suicide
- Prevent suicide among people who are at high risk after exposure to the suicide
- Help organisations (such as workplace settings, schools and other community groups) respond more effectively after a suicide has occurred.
Who are we for?
- People of any age impacted by an identified suspected suicide of a loved one (family member or friend)
- People who are feeling low, sad and struggling to cope after suicide loss
- People who cannot understand why a suicide has occurred
- People who may not be related to the person who has taken their life but have been involved as a result of the death (e.g. found the deceased person)
We can see you at home, in a community setting or in a clinic.
We work alongside multiple agencies in the Te Whatu Ora Lakes area to give the best support possible.
We also have a range of skilled and experienced whānau to work alongside you.
Deirdre Orford, the Te Whatu Ora Lakes Postvention Consultant can be contacted by email:
After a suicide attempt or suicidal thoughts
In case of emergency:
• Lakes Acute Response Team (ART) – Rotorua & Taupo 0800 166 167 open 24 hours, 7 days a week
• Dial 111 for Police, Ambulance or Fire Services