Every year approximately over 500 people, many of them Māori, take their own lives by suicide, affecting the lives of many others. Te Puni Kōkiri has supported 38 organisations to deliver rangatahi Māori suicide prevention initiatives.
With a group of Rangatahi Maori using their personal experiences, they have developed online resources around four themes. You can these resources to share with your youth leaders, or youth groups. Play them during a service at the beginning or announcements, or write a blog for your church website with link.
#MāoriOra encourages strength and resilience and celebrates originality.
#TechTikanga addresses appropriate behaviour when using technology (social media, mobile phones, etc).
#SuicidePrevention encourages everyone to look, listen and ask – Are you OK?
# OutintheOpen encourages everyone to talk about how they are feeling to someone you trust.