Kōrero is Key

December 12, 2018

Reach out if you are not coping

Te Kupenga Hauora - Ahuriri’s Kia Piki te Ora, Suicide Prevention team made this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10,really shine with their interactive health promotion in the centre of Napier’s CBD (central business district).

The theme of the day was “kōrero is key.”Alana Flavell, Kia Piki te Ora Coordinator says, “the conversation goes both ways. If we notice someone is not their usual self we need to have the courage to talk to them and ask what’s going on. If you’re not feeling like yourself then you can reach out.”

Working with a number of partners including Napier City Council, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, CBD retailers, Te Rangihaeata Oranga Gambling Recovery Service, Ministry of Social Development, Staros,Directions Youth Health and Family Works ten kaimahi from Te Kupenga Hauora - Ahuriri were available throughout the day to speak with anyone in town including those who took part in the treadmill and rowing challenge. The physical challenge of using the treadmill and rower was in parallel to the mental challenges we all face in our lives.

Throughout the day kaimahi and partners spoke to people aged 15-80, many of whom openly shared their stories and took on board the “kōrero is key” message. The treadmill racked up 36km over six hours and speaking with one young lady really stood out for Alana. “I was giving her our kōrero is key message, that you should reach out to those you think aren’t coping or reach out if you’re not coping and she told me she wasn’t coping. She needed help now.” Alana was able to introduce her to a member of the Directions Youth Health and Family Team right there on the spot. “It’s hard not to wonder if she hadn’t happened along at that time whether she would become another statistic in the not too distant future,” said Alana.

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time. Talk to a trained counsellor.

The Depression helpline – 0800 111 757

Lifeline – 0800 543 354

Samaritans – 0800 726 666

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat.

Healthline – 0800 611 116 – to get help from a registered nurse 24/7.

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