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HealthInfo West Coast-Te Tai Poutini

Support after a suicide attempt (for family and friends)

It is very hard to deal with the fact that someone you are close to has attempted suicide, or has killed themselves.

You are likely to feel confused and have no idea what to do next. If the person has died you will be struggling with grief and loss. If they are still alive, you will be desperate to stop this from happening again.

However, there are lots of resources to help you deal with this very difficult challenge.


Victim Support

Victim Support offers support after a suicide with specially trained bereavement service specialists. Police will contact Victim Support to arrange the service after a suicide has happened. But you can also self-refer, and they will also provide support if the suicide happened outside of New Zealand.

Phone: 0800‑842‑846.

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Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Page created December 2016.


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