Waiariki whanui asked to come together to discuss ‘postvention’ suicide process

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Many of you will be aware of several suicides in Rotorua over the last weeks. This is heartbreaking and tragic but we have to be mindful of the future and take actions to reduce more harm of a similar nature.

As part of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Plan Lakes DHB is committed to developing a Postvention Process.

Research tells us that there is higher risk of suicide if this has occurred with family, friends or even workmates and a postvention process tries to reduce this risk.

The postvention process is a coordinated process offered to a whanau and community and aims to do several things:

  1. To first identify those who may have been directly exposed to the suicide and develop an action plan for each to ensure needs are met. This may be at whanau or community level.
  2. To check to see if the risk of contagion or a cluster of suicides is present in the community and to address those risks
  3. To monitor progress so that good outcomes are achieved over a longer period of time up to one year.

Lakes DHB Maori Health with support from Mitai are calling a hui of all interested Ngati Whakaue whanau and other interested parties.

  • When: Friday 29th July 2011
  • Time: 8am 10am (After parakuihi if you are coming to the blessing of the hospital)
  • Where: CSB Conference Room 3rdFloor Lakes DHB Hospital

You assistance is needed to help make sure we develop a postvention (support after a person has passed) process for our community and you are all key to this process.

Kia ora to Lauren James
Pou Whakarite
Maori Health

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