Dr Lynne Russell - Preventing Māori suicide: Improving care and intervention


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Dr Lynne Russell discusses suicide prevention for Māori in the third of three online seminars. The video recording of this seminar is at:

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Dr Lynne Russell - Preventing Māori suicide: Improving care and intervention

  1. 1. Preventing Māori Suicide:Improving care and intervention Dr. Lynne Russell Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāti Māmoe, Rangitāne, Ngāti Porou
  2. 2.  “The greatest resource is whanau…” (Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi)  “Whanau offer the most untapped potential for Maori suicide prevention.” (Hon Tariana Turia)
  3. 3.  Suicide can only occur when a suicidal person is alone. When someone makes the decision to end their life they believe it is the right thing to do – the best thing to do – at that moment in time. Suicide is not the decision made by a well mind or intact wairua. Suicide rarely, if ever, occurs ‘out of the blue’.
  4. 4.  “I think if people could see how utterly bereft and devastated suicide leaves those most important to them and how people damage themselves because of the loss that a beloved one’s suicide does to them – would it make a difference? Most often I see the silent ongoing pain that with the passing of time tends to mask, but it is always ever present.” (Indigenous woman)
  5. 5.  “I continue to believe we need to gently bring the issue of suicide from out of the shadows.” (Chief Coroner, Judge Neil MacLean, 3 Sept 2012) “It needs to be discussed out in the open. For too long we have carried shame for having feelings of suicide or knowledge that someone we love has taken their lives. We are bereft with confusion, guilt and anger.” (Wahine Māori, 18 March 2013) “It is the kind of pain that is difficult to voice because it is so complex. But we must speak to it out loud without shame if we are ever going to heal from it.” (First Nations sister, 18 March 2013)
  6. 6.  Whānau must be facilitated to tell their own stories… to exercise rangatiratanga over their lives
  7. 7.  “It was definitely KŌRERO!!! obvious that I was unwell, even workWHAKARONGO!!! colleagues could see it...but no one made enquiry, or pushed me further or sat with me long enough for me to trust that I could share this with them and that they would help me get help.”
  8. 8. Unuhia i te rito o te harakeke Kei whea te kōmako, e kō? Whakatairangitia Rere ki uta, rere ki tai Kī mai ki ahau He aha te mea nui o te ao? Māku e kī atu He tangata, he tangata, ā, he tangata! Draw out the heart of the flax Where is the bellbird that calls? Move this way and that Fly towards land, fly towards the sea Ask me What is the most important thing in the world? I will say People, people, people!