June 10, 2015
Maori suicide prevention tips shared
Maori and Pasifika approaches to suicide prevention will be shared at an international conference in Canada this month.
Marama Parore from Te Rau Matatini, the National Maori Health Workforce Development Centre, and Monique Faleafa from Le Va, the National Pasifika Health Centre, will about the Waka Houora initiative to the 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention in Montreal.
Ms Parore says the approach taken is to help communities respond safely and effectively when incidents occur.
"Clearly what we are doing in Maori and Pasifika communities is trusting that our communities know the solutions, trusting that they will find ways to support and increase resilience, strengthen themselves with the right types of resources, trusting that actually the solution is not a Wellington one, it’s one that comes out of the Kaipara for the people of Kaipara, in Manurewa for the people of Manurewa, so that’s quite a different approach
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