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Suicide prevention

Ārai mate whakamomori

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If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call emergency services on 111.

If you or someone you know is safe but in a crisis and needs help, you can contact your local mental health crisis team:

For tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) up to the age of 18, call the Child Adolescent & Family Emergency team (CAFEm):

You can also call the following suicide crisis helplines 24/7:

Suicidal feelings are frightening and overwhelming. But many people have suicidal thoughts and get better with help.

You may think that no one cares about you and that things are hopeless. You may feel exhausted and like you just cannot think clearly. You might not be able to eat, sleep or enjoy the things you used to enjoy.

It might not feel like it right now, but there are other options. There are people who understand and want very much to help. Although it can be hard, it is VERY important that you ask for help.

There are several things you can do if you are having suicidal thoughts.

Getting help

There are many people and organisations that can help. Contact the one that is easiest for you.

Different cultures

Different cultures have different views about suicide. You can read information that is relevant to your culture and background.

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On the next page: Suicide warning signs

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2023.


Page reference: 272032

Review key: HISUH-48714