Indepth: Canterbury, we need to talk


Last year in Canterbury, 87 people died by suicide.  It is the highest number in the region for the past 10 years.

Canterbury, we need to talk.

In this video series, we talk to Geoff Booth, who talks about the devastation of losing his son Liam to a suspected suicide.

In the second video, Robert Read discusses how he fought back from the brink of suicide.

In the final video, they join He Waka Tapu chief executive Jackie Burrows and Canterbury District Health Board clinical director Dr Steve Duffy to discuss what you can do if someone you care about is in distress.

He Waka Tapu is a social service organisation based in Christchurch, which works in suicide prevention.

This series is not about analysing the why, but about people sharing their stories and in doing so, encouraging people to talk about what is going on for them.

As Ms Burrows says: “it is about people caring about each other.”

“We feel that if we can get a community movement where we actually care about one another, and we can work together, that might be the difference . . . Not hiding from it and I think just starting to care about each other.”

So Canterbury, let’s talk. How are you?

WHERE TO GET HELP If you feel you or someone else is in danger call 111. If you are concerned about your mental health call your GP, a helpline, community organisation or Crisis Resolution 0800 920 092

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
Need To Talk? – 1737
He Waka Tapu 0800 439 252 it also has a comprehensive website at  O2 Waitaha