It can be distressing if you, or someone you care about, has thoughts of suicide. 

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 111 and ask for the police.

Choose the option below that best describes your current situation.

If you are thinking about suicide right now, it's a sign you need support from people you can trust to help you get you through.

 

Who to contact:

In an emergency, phone 111 and ask for the police

Free text /phone the national 1737 number for free counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Healthline: Freephone Healthline to talk to a nurse on 0800 611116

Talk to your GP. After-hours numbers are:

Nelson 03 546881

Marlborough 03 5206377

Motueka 03 5288866 or 03 5288358

Golden Bay 03 5250060

Murchison 03 5231120

Search the Healthpoint website to find the closest counselling service to you

 

 

Use a safety plan

Developing a safety plan for yourself, with the help of someone you trust, can help reduce your risks.  Use your safety plan alongside professional support from your GP and/or mental health services.

Find out how to use a safety plan and download the safety plan that works for you – one for you and one for your trusted companion to help you fill out. Here we give you a choice between a plan developed by Nelson Marlborough Health and one developed by the Mental Health Foundation.

 

Mental Health Foundation safety plan

 

Other website resources

Mental Health Foundation – Having suicidal thoughts?

HealthEd – What happens now?

Health Ed – There is a way through - a guide for people experiencing stress, depression and anxiety

Just a Thought – free online learning to improve your mental health

How to help

Asking someone 'are you thinking of killing yourself?' will not increase their risk of suicide.

Many people who are thinking about suicide want help, but don't know how to ask. They sometimes even believe they can't be helped.

Talk to them about how they are. You can ask them if they are thinking about suicide and if they are, help connect them to a service. 

Stay with them until they are supported. 

The simple AEIOU guidelines show how you can support someone.

Ask are you thinking of suicide?
Ensure their immediate safety
Identify their problems
Offer hope,help and support
Use professionals and community

 

Who to contact:

In an emergency, phone 111 and ask for the police

Free text /phone the national 1737 number for free counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Healthline:  talk to a nurse on 0800 611116

Talk to your GP.  After-hours numbers are:

Nelson 03 546881

Marlborough 03 5206377

Motueka 03 5288866 or 03 5288358

Golden Bay 03 5250060

Murchison 03 5231120

Search the Healthpoint website to find the closest counsellor 

 

Use a safety plan

Developing a safety plan with someone thinking of suicide can help reduce their risks. Use the safety plan alongside professional support from a GP and/or mental health services.

Find out how to use a safety plan and download the safety plan that works for you. Here we give you a choice between a plan developed by Nelson Marlborough Health and one developed by the Mental Health Foundation.

 

Other website resources

Tihei Mauri Ora – Supporting whānau through suicidal distress (a guide for Māori from the Mental Health Foundation)

See You Tomorrow Eh! A guide for Māori from Te Rau Ora  

Mental Health Foundation – Having suicidal thoughts?

HealthEd – What happens now?

Health Ed – There is a way through - a guide for people experiencing stress, depression and anxiety

If you are worried that someone might be thinking of suicide, or even have a plan to kill themselves, follow these simple AEIOU guidelines:

Ask are you thinking of suicide?
Ensure their immediate safety
Identify their problems
Offer hope,help and support
Use professionals and community.

 

Courses and training

Learn about what helps to keep people safe from suicide and build your confidence. Take a gatekeeper suicide prevention course – available from the following providers:

Lifekeepers

FLO - Pasifika for Life

QPR Suicide Prevention Training 

A-OK Suicide Prevention Training

 

Sign up for the The Top of the South Suicide Prevention Facebook page for information about training opportunities.

For further non-clinical advice about suicide prevention services and support in Nelson/ Marlborough, email [email protected]  

 

Guidelines for holding suicide-related wellbeing support events

Voluntary guidelines have been developed for organisations and groups wanting to hold suicide-related wellbeing support events.

 

 

Regional and national suicide prevention plans

The Nelson/Marlborough 'Suicide Prevention /Postvention Action Plan 2018/2019' outlines some of the key issues, local suicide data and actions required to help to reduce suicide risk in the Nelson/Marlborough district.

Note that the attached plan has been extended by the Ministry of Health to 1 July 2020, during which time Nelson Marlborough Health will work with key stakeholders to develop a new three-year plan.

 

 

The Ministry of Health also produces a national plan:

Ministry of Health Suicide Prevention Strategy  & Action Plan  2019- 2029 - Every  Life Matters

 

Other resources

Filmmakers and others in the stage and screen industry are encouraged to refer to suicide prevention guidelines from the World Health Organization.

Preventing Suicide: A resource for filmmakers and others working on stage and screen

Losing someone to suicide is a very traumatic experience. The way you respond and cope with the death may depend on your relationship to the person who has died and your own personal life experiences; every person’s experience of grief is different. 

You may be able to access some counselling via your GP or the local resources listed below.

Victim support 0800 842 846

Skylight – request grief and loss resources

HealthEd – coping with grief and loss

After a suicide website

Suicide bereavement support groups

Guidelines for suicide funerals
Guidelines for suicide funerals [407 KB pdf]
Prepared by Rev Greg Hughson, Ecumenical Chaplain, Otago University [Click to download]