Lifekeepers - Free NZ Based Suicide Prevention Training
Belinda just completed an evidence-informed national suicide prevention training programme called LifeKeepers and encourages you to check it out. There is the option of attending one of their workshops or like her, you could try the five module online version and upskill or reaffirm what you already have in your kete. This training programme is highly recommended and includes videos and other interactive items that make it interesting and useful. At the completion of the training you receive a printable certificate and a badge which is sent in the mail.
LifeKeepers is like first aid training giving people the skills to recognise and support those that are at risk of suicide. It is community focused, clinically safe and culturally responsive.
LifeKeepers is funded by the Ministry of Health and provided free of charge to New Zealanders who are 18 years and over, and who are likely to interact with people at risk of suicide.
The programme is designed especially for those of us who work in communities or in frontline community roles, such as: support workers, sports coaches, emergency service personnel, church leaders, school counsellors, youth workers, Māori wardens, caregivers, Kaumatua and community leaders. For more information click here.
Where to get help if you or someone you know is thinking about taking their life:
- Need to Talk? Free call or text 1737 any time to speak to a trained counsellor, for any reason.
- Lifeline: 0800 543 354
- Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 / 0508 TAUTOKO (24/7). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.
- Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (24/7)
- Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (24/7)
- Youthline: 0800 376 633 (24/7) or free text 234 (8am-12am), or email talk (at) youthline.co.nz
- What's Up: online chat (7pm-10pm) or 0800 WHATSUP / 0800 9428 787 children's helpline (1pm-10pm weekdays, 3pm-10pm weekends)
- Kidsline (ages 5-18): 0800 543 754 (24/7)
- Rural Support Trust Helpline: 0800 787 254
- Healthline: 0800 611 116
- Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.