Suicide - Info for Family and Friends

Supporting whānau and friends after a suicide

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

Resources to support suicide prevention