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Suicide Prevention


Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to this Suicide Prevention section.

This section have been developed with the support of Kelvin Stephens, Chair, Like Minds Taranaki and Chair, Taranaki Suicide Project - with the support of Channa Perry, Coordinator, New Plymouth Injury Prevention and Chair, Taranaki Suicide Prevention Coordinating Group.

Access the following sites by clicking in the title below:

Ministry of Health - New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006-2016

A national information service assisting communities and services to prevent suicide.

Click here to access suicide prevention article (Daily News 2006)

Click here to access Ministry of Health Newsletter article

Click here to access a letter by Renee Johansen as she shares the painful story of losing a loved one to suicide, and encourages New Zealanders to start talking about it.

In Taranaki:

Suicide Prevention Coordinating Group:

Chair - Fiona Perez


NPiS (New Plymouth injury Safe) recently undertook a suicide prevention needs assessment across Taranaki. The project identified the extent of suicide and self-harm in Taranaki, mapped prevention and support services, identified service and training gaps and explored any opportunities for new projects and partnerships. The final report was completed in August 2008 and can be found on their website (on the 'Needs Assessment' page).

As a result of this interested/concerned agencies have clustered together to meet regularly to discuss new projects/collaborations and partnerships to address the issues identified in this report. For more information or to become involved in the group, please e-mail the coordinator:Fiona Perez on , or call the administrator: Gordon Tel: 06 759 0966.

Radio Interviews and media articles:
Bereaved by Suicide Support group.
This group was restarted by the Taranaki Suicide Project and is supported by SF Taranaki(Supporting Families in mental illness) and managed by Kelvin Stephens. This group meets monthly to discuss issues touching those who have had a family member who has committed suicide.
For more information contact
Kelvin Stephens Tel: 06 968 6625 or  SF Tel: 06 757 9300 .

Like Minds Taranaki gratefully acknowledges the financial support of this website by the Ministry of Health

Feedback is always welcome
Like Minds Taranaki, Tel: 06-759-0966, email:
or on our Facebook page at:
Kelvin Stephens, Tel: 968-6625 email:


Taranaki Mental Health Sector