Suicide Prevention for Pacific Communities in New Zealand


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Magnum Tuipulotu. SPINZ Symposium Presentation, Dunedin, 28 November 2006.

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  • Facilitator: “ The NZSPS 2006-2016 was released by the Ministry of Health in June 2006.” Suggestion – show participants the printed resource and suggest to participants “it is a very good resource for suicide prevention, your organisation can order a copy free through SPINZ.” “ Most of you (the participants) will be working within one of these goals. Let’s have a brief look at each one… Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 Goal 4 Goal 5 Goal 6 Goal 7 “ The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy is lead by the Ministry of Health, the rationale behind moving to an all ages Strategy will become clear when we look at the statistics in the next module.” “ Since 2005 SPINZ have been contracted by the Ministry of Health to collect and develop information about suicide in all age groups reflecting the about to be released strategy.”
  • Suicide Prevention for Pacific Communities in New Zealand

    1. 1. 4th National Suicide Prevention Symposium 28th November 2006 University of OtagoSuicide Prevention Information New Zealand Talofa lava, Malo e Lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Taloha ni, Kiaorana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Kia ora, Welcome and warm Pacific greetings
    2. 2. Outline• Welcome and Tatalo (opening prayer)• Introductions• Suicide Prevention and Pasefika Communities• NZ Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006-2016• Open Discussion• Closing and Tatalo
    3. 3. Introductions• Name• Organisation• Role• How do you see your role preventing suicide?
    4. 4. Suicide Prevention: Pacific CommunitiesStatistics:• 22 deaths by suicide (15 males, 7 females), 2003• 18 deaths , 2002• 22 deaths, 2001Pacific peoples are ranked third compared to other ethnic groups (Maori, Asian and European/Other) for rates of suicide. Trends according to specific population groups (eg, age groups) can not be accurately reported due to small numbers
    5. 5. Suicide Prevention: Pacific CommunitiesPacific Demographics• Diverse population - Island-born and NZ-born/NZ-raised - languages, values, cultural norms, customs• Predominantly a young population• 6.5% of New Zealand’s population• Geographically clustered in low socioeconomic areas• Often living in overcrowded conditions• Low family or household incomes
    6. 6. Suicide Prevention: Pacific CommunitiesPacific Demographics cont’d…• Increased number accessing mental health services• Strong sense of belonging to families, church and community• Individual’s identity and wellbeing are traditionally dependent on family heritage, family connections, roles and responsibilities.• Family and church provide significant and meaningful relationships, which can be a protective factor
    7. 7. New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006-2016Goal 1 Promote mental health and wellbeing, and prevent mental health problemsGoal 2 Improve the care of people who are experiencing mental disorders associated with suicidal behavioursGoal 3 Improve the care of people who make non-fatal suicide attemptsGoal 4 Reduce access to means of suicideGoal 5 Promote the safe reporting and portrayal of suicidal behaviour by the mediaGoal 6 Support families/whanau, friends and othersaffected by a suicide or suicide attemptGoal 7 Expand the evidence about rates, causes and effective interventions
    8. 8. Open Discussion
    9. 9. Fa’afetai tele lava Magnum Tuipulotu SPINZ Community Liaison DDI 09 300 7029 Mob 0274 400750Email