Help prevent suicide, it’ll take courage

/Help prevent suicide, it’ll take courage
Help prevent suicide, it’ll take courage 2017-08-11T12:06:57+00:00

Patrice Harrex with her son Brad Anderson, 25. Brad was released from hospital despite saying he wanted to take his own life. Two days later, he was dead.

Dear political parties and candidates,

As families who have lost loved ones to suicide, we know a bit about courage. We’ve had to ask ourselves difficult, uncomfortable questions.

We need you to have courage too. We need you to ask difficult questions about our mental health system. You’ll need the courage to put aside politics and do what is right for every Kiwi.

We write to ask you to support the YesWeCare.nz coalition’s six election pledges to ensure every Kiwi gets the care they need, when they need it:

Set a suicide reduction target taking into account the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 10% by 2020.

NZ has the highest youth suicide rates in the OECD. 579 people died by suicide in 2015/2016. Nothing will change without a clear, measurable target to give focus and accountability. A goal gives hope. If we don’t have a clear target how will we ever achieve our aspiration of zero suicides? The Ministry of Health’s Independent Suicide Prevention Advisory panel recommended one. So did the Director of Mental Health. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman

Hold an independent mental health inquiry in the first 100 days of the new Government, and commit to fund what it identifies as needed.

77% of Kiwis support an independent inquiry into mental health service. We need to know how an emergency department can release a teenager who says they want to kill themselves? Or why children have to wait three months for an eating disorder appointment, but the Ministry says this doesn’t happen? Or how the Government says staffing is sufficient when nine out of 10 people working in health feel understaffed.

Restore $2.3b of health funding to cover unmet annual health costs, commit to increased costs annually, and fund a national survey on unmet need.

The Senior Doctors’ association (ASMS) and Council of Trade Unions say the Government has underfunded health by $2.3b. Funding hasn’t kept up with our ageing and growing population, increased mental health needs, inflation, wages and new medicines. This mean’s we haven’t been able to maintain our current inadequate levels of service. In mental health this has resulted in delays which can, and have been, deadly. The mantra “do more with less” has become “do less with less”.

Significantly increase primary health funding to bring down GP and primary health costs, including therapies and other mental health needs.

One in six Kiwis can’t afford a GP. We have the worst access to equitable primary health, second only to the United States. The little primary mental health services that exist are inadequate. Only a limited amount of free therapy sessions are available and waiting lists are long. Most can’t afford to go private and go without.

Commit to evidence-based safe staffing to ensure patient safety and quality care.

Nine in 10 people working in health feel understaffed. People working in health do the best they can with what they’ve got, but they’re stretched and many feel burnt out. 70% feel their workload or work pressure is unreasonable. Unrealistic caseloads and fatigued health workers jeopardise patient safety. Understaffing reduces the ability to provide the level of care people need. Mental health staff often work 16 hour shifts to cover for vacancies.

Require landlords to make their rentals warm and dry, and subsidise low-income homeowners to achieve the same for their homes.

Having a healthy place to live is key to physical and mental well-being. Yet 40,000 children in New Zealand are admitted to hospital every year from preventable illnesses linked to poverty and unhealthy homes. Homes should much us feel safe and loved, not sick.

(We shouldn’t even have to ask for the first pledge.)

Don’t let other families go through what we have

As politicians, you can make a real difference to Kiwis when they are most vulnerable. Like any mental health issue, there are three steps to getting help. You need to acknowledge we have a mental health crisis, provide us support and do something about it. Don’t get stuck at the first stage, have the courage to take every step. Suicide is preventable and good policy is key.

Taking no action leaves the responsibility on the bereaved, service-users and their families, and a stretched workforce. We’ve already got enough to deal with.

There is hope. We believe working with you collaboratively is an important part of our healing process.

Yours sincerely,

  • Corinda Taylor, mother of Ross, 20
  • Maria Dillon, mother of Harry, 18
  • Patrice Harrex, mother of Brad, 25

On behalf of bereaved families in the YesWeCare.nz coalition.

This open letter has been signed by:

Those who have lost loved ones*

* who have stated this in the open letter.

  • Corinda Taylor, mother of Ross, 20
  • Maria Dillon, mother of Harry, 18
  • Patrice Harrex, mother of Brad, 25

Adele Carter. My big brother and best friend Craig, 26 in March 2016.
Aimee Osborne. My friends Rebecca Teale, 14, Fraser Kelman and Billy Knox.
Alex Leighton. My friends Ross Taylor and Ben Sidey
Alison Briggs. Chris Briggs, 29.
Amelia Hendry. Ross Taylor, 20.
Amy Taylor. Ross, 20.
Andrea Casey. Wendy, 42.
Angus Wood. My close friend Ross Taylor, 20 in 2013.
Antoinette Swanepoel. Geoff Gover.
Austen Haig. My close friend Jordy, 22.
Blair Mitchell-Kuru. A close friend, 21.
Briar Saunders. Liane Johnson, 47, mother and grandmother.
Bridgette Pepper. My brother Joseph Pepper, 18, in 2007.
Brittany Charlett. Neil Shaun Patric McIvor, 18.
Bronwyn Bell. My bestest friend, Renee,30.
Bronwyn Gray. My son Liam Richardson, 22.
Carley Ferris. 11 people, including my best friend and family members.
Carmel Telfar. My brother, 24 in 1982.
Carmen Mcleary. Mother of Devon McLeary, 18.
Carol Greenhalgh. My daughter Trudi, 33.
Carolyn Barker. Two of my son’s mates, 20s.
Carolyn McMillan. Fiona, 25.
Cecily Reed. Jordy Oliver, 22.
Charlotte May. My step nephew Jonny, 32.
Charmaine Nixon. My cousin.
Christy Hawker. Mum, 47.
Danielle De Giorgis. Jarrad Hunter, 24.
Darcy And Leonie Oates. Our daughter Rebekah, 15 in 2008.
Debbie Gemmell. My son Neil McIvor, 19.
Debbie Roddick. Peter Phillips, 19, and Hilton Stevens.
Debra Williams. Cloudy Williams, on 29 Jan 2008.
Denise Kent. Friends and family.
Derek Lord. My step nephew Jonny, 32.
Dianna Borman. My daughter Tracy, 24, 14-10-1990 – 08-08-2015.
Donna Mccoll. Peter, 29.
Doug Smith. My son, 22 in 2015.
Elaine Emmerson. My son Mathew Emmerson, 26, in 2012.
Emma Filmer. Terrence, 25, only two months ago.
Emma Harford. My son Cole Harford, 15, on 27-07-2016.
Emma. My loved one Tracy, 24.
Evelyn Brunning. Uncle cousin, 21
Genevieve Driver. Too many school friends.
George High. My grandfather.
Georgia Wootton. Georgia MacBeath, 1997 – 2016.
Geraldine Prisk. Luke, 16
Gina Clouston-Cain. My colleague Brad Anderson.
Glenys Tyrrell. My beautiful daughter Krystal, 16 on 6 April 2015.
Greer Mahoney. My brother Brad, 14.
Holly Bright. My brother Ethan Bright 8.12.16
Ian Richardson. My son Liam Richardson, 22.
Irene Fuertes Jerez. Marcos Fuertes Jerez, 21.
Jacinta Latta. My cousin and many friends.
Jahnava Mata. My Best Friend, Susan Powell, 21
James Hunt. My good mate Ben in 2012.
Jamie Lemalie. Mother of Montel Lemalie, 14, 20-03-2002 – 15-12-2016.
Jan Magee. Too many to name.
Jan Pitout. Our beloved son, Dale Pitout, 19 on 12-04-2016.
Jane Stevens. Our son Nicky Stevens, 21.
Janine Docherty. Our son, Chris, 21. 2009
Jayne Carter. Mother of Craig, 26.
Jean Balchin. John Ivan Balchin, 1996 – 2014.
Jennifer Gault. Glenn Gault, 53.
Jody Jenkins. Damon, 41.
Julie Paul. My sister Linda Paul, 52.
Karlee Ferguson. Many friends.
Karli Hunter. My brother Jarrad Hunter, 24.
Kate Campbell. My brother, William Campbell, 26.
Kathy Richards. My brother, John Richards, 36.
Also, my cousin and my Aunt.
Kayla Bates. My Aunty.
Kelda Richardson-Wait. Chelsea Rose Brunton, 21, mother of a three-year-old.
Kelly Joll. My son Aarons James Peter Hawkins, 20.
Kelsey Hampson. My cousin, two of my sister’s mates, too many acquaintances.
Kendra Waldman. My oldest brother Bevin Waldman, 24 in 2010.
Keryn Filer. My sister Amy Filer, 19.
Kiri Spain. Chris Spain (Spaino).
Kirstin Collins. My son Kaleb, 23.
Kristy Norling. I’ve lost many between age 14 – 28.
Kylie Osborne. My partner Fraser Kelman, 22.
Lara. My high school science partner, 19.
Leanne Cutche. A couple of young people I know.
Leonie Beezley. My daughter Clemency Lara Norris, 15 on 14-10-1998.
Liam Cotton. My uncle and close friend, both young.
Liz Campbell. My son, 26
Lorna Mellor. Rachael, 35.
Lyn Bolton. My son, Chris in 2015.
Maddy. My brother Sam, 23 in 2015.
Maggie Mccormick. Damon Johnstone,24, April Martin Ahed, 32, Jimmy Bates, and Jasmine Milne.
Margaret McMahon. Our son Jonny, 32 on 14-06-2017.
Marianne Watts. Wayde Erasmus , 22.
Mark de Jong. My brother, Hayden. Aged 20.
Mark Peart. Numerous friends.
Marlene Sheehan. Mother of Dion, 28.
Mary Austin. My daughter’s friend Jordy.
Mary Stocker. My son, Wade, 28
Mataku-Ariki De Roo. My dad Philip de Roo, 06-06-1961 – 10-06-2002.
Matt Miller. My sporting brother, 15.
Meghan Hill. Jordan, 22.
Mollie Boreham. My Neice, 16.
Natasha Whaanga. My daughter, Deichan Whaanga, 15.
Nic Moodie. My dad Russell Cameron, 63, in 2000.
Nicholas Van Halderen. Our family friend Ross, 20.
Nicky Parsons. Mother of Kieran Parsons, 18.
Nicola Battson. Marc Baldwin, 26.
Paul Benjamin Sexton. Jordy Oliver.
Pauline Richmond. My son Dan, 21, in 2015.
Peter Collard. My Son, Jason Collard
Phil Weatherston. James, 21, Brad 28, and Jordan 22.
Rachael Davidson. Friend of Reegan, 21 and Clive, 29.
Rachel Mcadam. D Brown, 38.
Rachel Wright. My daughter Jordan Katrina Tuki, 16, on 13-08-2014
Raylene Mckean. Three aged 20, 41, and 22 years.
Rewa Lawson. My best friend Steve and too many friends.
Samantha Frampton. My sister Rebekah, 15.
Sandra Peake. A nursing friend Carmel, 32 in 1994.
Sandy Cooke. Our nephew Jonathan McMahon, 32, on 14-06-2017.
Shannen Moffitt. Alan Syer, Jodie Williamson.
Sharon Campbell. My daughet Dawn, 23, in 2008.
Sharon Tahuhu. Jordan (Bubba), 16.
Sid Taylor. Ross, 20.
Sophie Askin. My friend, 22 , male.
Stephen Close. My best friend’s two sisters.
Sue Coleman. My son Sam Coleman, 18.
Susan Gillatt. Trinity, 21 and Shylah.
Suzanne Mclaren. Michael McLaren, 31.
Tammars Butler. My son, 22, on 09-10-2016.
Tayler Walter. Jonathan (Jonny) McMahon, 33.
Tempest Brown. My father Dean Brown, 38.
Tessa Marden. My neighbor, 40s.
Toni Palliser. My cousin and a uncle.
Tyson Hodge. J.O.
Violetta Butler. My sister Hannah Butler 12-1-2014
Wayne Cooke. My nephew Jonny, 32.
Yvette Searle. My uncle.

The following organisations support this open letter:

  • ActionStation
  • Ambulance Professionals First / First Union
  • Council of Trade Unions
  • E tū
  • Life Matters Suicide Prevention trust
  • Maternal Care Action Network
  • New Zealand Nurses Organisation
  • Parents of Children With Additional Needs (POCAN)
  • Peoples’ Mental Heatlh Review
  • Public Service Association
  • Tertiary Education Union (TEU)
  • Unite
  • United Community Action Network Aotearoa NZ

Open letter signatures

Please note we have edited some comments to preserve anonymity or for safety purposes. If you would like your entry changed, please contact kiaora@yeswecare.nz

Simon Oosterman
PJ Chapman
Doug Smith Lost 22 year old son to suicide in 2015
Patrice Kelly
Eliana Darroch
Deborah Costello
Michelle Bennie
Carolyn Procter
Betty` Dowswell
Kieran Monaghan
Rewa Lawson I have too many friends I have lost to suicide, my best friend Steve was one
Christy Hawker Mum – 47 years old
Deahn Mark
Viv Paton I have a survivor as a parent you live everyday in fear. The mental health system is a mess . We need an independent inquiry urgently.
Maddy My brother Sam took his life in 2015, aged 23.
Kirstin Collins Kirstin Collins, Mother of Kaleb, 23
Sharvelle Mackay
Sherie Rigby
Sophie Evans
Mandy Kelly
Gina Anderson
Sophie Evans
Anonymised My son has attempted several times to end his life.. we are now at the point of going on a journey to hopefully heal him enough so he won’t try again.. he’s 17 and going through so much and trying to help him is so hard.. I know I’m not the only one struggling, I know my son is just one of so many who are battling to remain alive.. So we need as much help as we can get let alone people we can turn to when we feel like we are fighting a losing battle.. thank you.. much love
Breanna Lattimore
Trevor Elia
Pam Ryan
Haley Thom
Jasmine Manson
Kelly Joll My son…Aarons James Peter Hawkins age 20
Paula Tavai
Ali Borman
Paulette Reid
Stephanie Greenham
Penny Tattersfield
Leanne Cutche I know of a couple of young people who have committed suicide and also a few who are struggling with life and their mental health. It is very important to support and get these young people the help they need. Its not something that is just going to go away, and these people can lead fulfilling and productive lives once they have the right medication and support.
Maria Mulvihill
Olivia Kwant
Emma Harford My son is Cole Harford aged 15, died 27 July 2016 by suicide.
Paula Gilberd
Lyn Bolton I lost my son Chris 2yrs ago thru suicide my life will never b the same
Tracey Jackson
Jacinta Latta I have lost a cousin and many friends to suicide.
Jamie Lemalie Mother of Montel Lemalie (20.03.02 – 15.12.16)
Heather Blissett
Lisa Van Zeyl Too many dear friends and people known to me have suicided. Also an uncle…
Pam Kapila
Margaret Mcmahon We lost our son to suicide overnight on 14 June 2017. My husband and I have seen a multitude of failings from the mental health system over the years and support the move for change. Our son Jonny was 32.
Julie Paul Linda Paul

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My sister

Dianna Borman Daughter Tracy aged 24 (born 14/10/90 – died 8/08/15)
Ardina Beattie
Lisa Perkins
Melissa Nukunuku
Melissa Nukunuku
Angelena Begley
Yvette Searle lost my uncle when I was a baby
Sandy Cooke Our nephew jonathan mcmahon 32years old 3 weeks ago could have been prevented.
Melanie Haxton
Keryn Filer My sister Amy filer 19
Colleen Palmer
Sandra Anderson
Raylene Mckean I have lost three people to suicide, ages 20, 41, and 22 years
Elaine Prest These politician need to open there eyes to suicide
Lynnaire Liversedge
Debra Williams Cloudy Williams 29 Jan 2008
IT TAKES A VILLAGEThe case for adopting a social approach to suicide preventionMaria Bradshaw
CASPER 2017CASPER Community action on Suicide Prevention Education and Research
Jody Jenkins Damon, aged 41
Wayne Cooke Jonny Mcmahon nephew {32 }
Karli Hunter Jarrad Hunter, 24, Brother
Madi Davis
Jennifer Gault Glenn Gault 53
Sally Drake
C Mccrea
Charlotte May Jonny 32 years Step nephew
Derek Lord Jonny 32 years Step nephew
Erana Fielding
Tayler Walter Jonathan (Jonny) McMahon age 33
Rachelle Smith
Memphis Harmon
Nicola Battson Marc Baldwin tragically lost at age 26
Tammars Butler Lost my son October 9th 2016 to Suicide…. he was 22….
It was the worst day of my life now and forever….
Aileen Haxton
Natasha Whaanga Lost my daughter to suicide her name is
Deichan Whaanga
Age 15
Emma My lost loved one is Tracy aged 24
Bridgette Pepper Lost my brother Joseph Pepper in 2007 to suicide .he was 18. He had everything to live for . [edited]
Carolyn Barker 2 of my son’s mates killed themselves this year. They were only 20Y.o.
Caroline Evans
Shannon Kessler
Julie Watson
Jayne Carter Mother of Craig 26
Kataraina Paewhenua
Kylie Osborne Partner Fraser Kelman age 22
Aimee Osborne Friends gone too soon:
Rebecca teale aged 14
Fraser kelman
Billy Knox
Suzanne Blumsky
Leanne Belcher
Nicole Abey
Sam
Samantha Horne
Kayla Bates My Aunty too took her life before I could meet her.?
Esther Ritter
Chloe Potaka
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Sarah Mann
Kristy Norling I have lost far to many to this horrible illness and I’m only 23 . All of which were between age 14-28 years of age and all from my small home town of masterton . Something needs to be done ? these beautiful souls don’t deserve to suffer alone ??
Emily Cormack
Siobhan Tredrea
E Ayling
Grace Dent
Brittany Charlett Neil Shaun Patric McIvor, 18 year old
Alex Mcmahon
Carmel Telfar I lost a brother in 1982 aged 24. I know a bit about courage. I urge politicians to find the courage you have and do what is right to truly address the problems with our mental health system.
Shannen Moffitt Alan Syer
Jodie Williamson
Patty Glasgow How many more unnecessary tragedies need to happen, before the Health System can be adequately funded?
Lyza Johnson
Kirstie Wake
Erin Scarlett O’Neill Brave Hearts NZ
Rebekah Manu
Simon Cruse
Dijon Witham
Brittany Mcmahon
Nicola Larsen
Leeanne Stevens
Jayde Mccleely
Alison Briggs Chris Briggs age 29
Kim Harmes
Tamara Donnelly
Marlie Vreugdenburg
Kaye Byron
Nastazya Swensson
Jo Pervan
Sandra Peake Carmel, 32. A nursing friend 23 years ago.
Huia For the families whom have lost their child,parent,partner,aunty,uncle,cousin,sister brother and friend x
Islay Hurrell
Nikita Vincent
Danielle De Giorgis Jarrad hunter 24
Christine Sadler
Kelda Richardson – Wait Chelsea Rose Brunton. Aged 21 mother to a beautiful 3year old daughter
Leverne Gow Life Matters Auckland Suicide Prevention Trust
Amy Mexted
Nicky Parsons Mother of Kieran Parsons who lost his life to suicide aged 18yrs.
Vanessa Kelly
Caleb Fenwick-Daley
Molly Soeteman
Briar Saunders Liane Johnson 47 mother, grandmother
Mikayla Zachan
Keleni Talau
Sarah Tucker
Jan Pitout Dale Pitout out beloved son took his own life on 12-4-16, he was 19 years old.
Daniel Harrison
Kendra Waldman Bevin Waldman, my oldest brother took his own life in 2010 at the age of 23
Cherie Chadderton
Louise Matson
Karen Marshall
Ladonna Synnott
Ladonna Synnott
Haylea Osborne
Jonelle Old
Jonelle Old
Jonelle Old
Jonelle Old
Leanne Stenhouse
Maree Meates
Tom Morawetz
Vicki Taylor
David Ellison
Sharon Walker
Jacky Corkin New Zealand’s Mental Health system needs a well overdue, major overhaul.
Paul Mathews
Lynette Chapman
Carolyn Mcmillan Fiona age 25
Carol Halloran
Leah Burrell Too many People I know have died by suicide, too many people I know are suffering while on waiting lists for help, more must be done.
Elaine Emmerson Mother of Mathew Emmerson who died in 2012 age 26
Cathy Sutton
Liz Abbott
Rudie Verhoef
Rachel Wright My daughter Jordan Katrina Tuki she was 16 when she died by suicide on the 13 8 2014
Michelle Johansson
Sharon Tahuhu Jordan 16 she was also known as bubba
Trisha Decleene
Gwynna Whiteowl
Maxine Tenbohmer I’ve tried and glad I didnt succeed
Meg Campbell
Charmaine Nixon My daughter tried to commit suicide many times…cousin did last month due to lack of medical care for their knowledge of his situation and terrible housing. Bullied or just ignored time and time again…
Mark Peart I have lost numerous friends to suicide over the past 30 years and more recently I have known young people who have not only tried to take their own lives but also battle depression and anxiety.
This is a major issue confronting our society and community.
Hanna
Losa Paul
Chelsea Benton Nearly lost my partner to it. Something needs to be done
Cathryn Mazer We must do better for future productivity and success of the nation.
Susan Gillatt Trinity age twenty-one an Shylah
Helen Bourne
Lorna Mellor Rachael 35
Nancy Mcshane
Chantalle Smith
Cassandra Johnston
Suzanne Mclaren Michael McLaren 31
Margaret Bretherton
Gaylene O’Brien
Christine Hope-Low
Malcolm Nicholls
Geoff Trappitt Why are people in this industry not accountable for their actions.
Julie Smith-Clark
Jane Slaven
Joanna Ward
Stu Taylor
Jean Balchin John Ivan Balchin (1996-2014)
Karen Thompson
Jack Elliotte
Oliver Stewart
Avi Fridman
Debbie Gemmell My son Neil McIvor age 19
Anastasia Vikultseva
Hana Hoskins
Mary Beban
Denise Kent Loosing one person to suicide is one too many. My whanau has lost too many family and friends to suicide. Time for action.
Samantha Frampton My sister Rebekah aged 15.
Rachel Mcadam D.Brown 38
Sid Taylor Ross 20
Leonie Beezley R.I.P. Clemency Lara Norris completed suicide 14.10.98 age 15 years, my beautiful daughter?
Katrina Strickett
Pauline Richmond Mother if son Dan 21years old 2015
Kerry Sizemore George
Liarna Worth-Timoko
Kiri Spain Chris Spain (spaino)
Whina Pomana
Nic Moodie Nic Moodie, daughter of Russell Cameron 63, in 2000.
Carmen Mcleary Carmen McLeary mother of Devon McLeary age, 18
Megan Chasland
Dale Smart
Carley Ferris I have lost 11 loved ones to suicide, including my best friend and family.
Tracey Wallace
Mataku-Ariki De Roo Hi I’m suicide bereaved, I lost my dad to suicide while he was in the Mental Health system. My dad was Phillip de Roo born 6.6.61 & he passed on 10.6.02. My dad’s care was apauling & he deteriorated more so in the MH system, 15yrs later the system is still poor! Innocent people are falling through the cracks, there shouldn’t be any cracks!
Tempest Brown I lost my father dean brown aged 38
Barbara Namana
Emma Filmer Terrence aged 25, only 2 months ago
Darcy And Leonie Oates Parents of Rebekah – 15 years old -2008
Andrea Casey Wendy, 42
Greer Mahoney Sister of Brad 14
Sophie Askin a friend ,22 year old friend, male, died of suicide
Jan Magee too many to name
Amelia Hendry Ross Taylor, age 20
Joe Usher
Lucy Leadbeater
Lois Maindonald
Marlies Marthen
Curtis Beaumont
Sam Cuming
Georgie Salmon
Matty Johnston
Joe Hancock Some of us aren’t as lucky as others and get some bad breaks and just can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. We need to help these people more!!
Sarah-Jane Davies 32
Lauren Wells
Nicholas Van Halderen Our family friend Ross, 20.
Mike Clist
Blake Acklin
Zeb
Harley James
Sarah Bryan
Lara My high school science partner at the age of 19
Genevieve Driver Too many school friends
Susan Spirig
Jayde Rutene
Debbie Roddick Peter Phillips age 19
Hilton Stevens
Charlene Mumdy
Olly
George High My grandfather
Nick L
Ruby Egerton
Guillym
Augustus Mackenzie
Tom Vance
Carol Greenhalgh My daughter Trudi 33
Barbara Swanston Supporting this cause from Canada.
Tessa Marden My neighbor 40s
Maggie Mccormick damon johnstone aged 24 (suicide)
april martin ahed 32 (suicide)
jimmy bates (suicide)
jasmine milne (suicide)
Richard Hyndman
Cherie Evans
Rebecca Smith I work in mental health so I support this cause.
Katelyn Stoupe
Antoinette Swanepoel Ross Taylor – my sister’s son
Amy Taylor Ross, 20
Zelda Mcconachy
Mel Ansell
Rebecca Mccormick
Toni Palliser I have a cousin and a uncle
Austen Haig Close friend Jordy – 22 years of age
Matthew Booth
Chelsea Bridges
Donna King
Janie Earl
Sue Coleman Sam Coleman aged 18 years – son
Cassie Hailes
Sharon Campbell Mother of Dawn 23yrs old in 2008
Anita Trappitt Why are people in this industry not accountable for their actions.
Liam Cotton Lost my Uncle and close friend both at a young age
Sharon Campbell Mother of Dawn 23yrs old in 2008
Stephen Close No loved ones but my best friend’s two sisters.
Adele Carter Missing my big brother and best friend craig, who took his own life march last year at age 26, after being put in the ‘too hard basket’ by the nz mental health system. Living without craig here is like living in hell every single day, feeling like im loosing the plot, wundering when ill get to see my big bro again. Its torture going through this pain, and to think so many nzers are feeling this same pain every single day of our lives. Something seriously needs to change
Rosie Simpson
Tom Wilson
Lawrence Schaumann
Hugh Wyn-Harris
Anna Meehan
Conor Kemp
Sandra Gaines
Yayne Banga
Phil Weatherston James 21
Brad 28
Jordan 22
Louis Meehan
Jane Stevens Our son Nicky Stevens aged 21 died from suicide because of our failing mental health system.
John Gilmour
Dugan Flannery
Susan Collins
Susan Collins
Richard Tatana
Nicky Ker
Paul Benjamin Sexton Jordy Oliver, absolute rooster.
Meghan Hill Jordan, 22
Zach Martin
Tyler Dickison
Chanelle Ferguson
Jacob Barton
Jessica Jepson
Summer Wenden
Samantha Cox
Matt Baty
Tessa Dickie
Kelsey Hampson My cousin, two of my sister’s mates, too many acquaintances.
Veronica Taewa
Geordi Dearns
Emma
Irene Fuertes Jerez Marcos Fuertes Jerez, 21 years old
Tanya Dobson
Ted Brown
Rhian Ward
Nick Somerville
Isabelle Benington
Liam Mitchell
Adam Penfold
Patricia Santos
Dylan Walker
Ben Brailsford
Blair Mitchell-Kuru Close friend , 21
Tom Paton
Rachael Horrocks
Danieo Stewart
Madison Heyward
Axel Hohneck
Lou Walsh
Thomas Kittow
Mitchell Lowe
Nicola Carter
Kasey Miles
Keegan&Lesa Branks
Jamie Griffiths
Woodrow Ross
Abbey Brand
Marlene Sheehan Mother of Dion 28
Mason Grubb
Zoe Bourke
Hannah Bendle
Kate Holland
Leah Sumner This isn’t good enough help our people. Government officials need to take head out of the sand. Help our people in need. You control the funding give it to the neediest.
Sarah Dodds
Callum Dunbar
Phill Mcconnon
Diane Valavanis Why????
Ruth Goudie
Angus Ryder
Ben Grant
Nicole Fleming
Renae Wharehinga
Hunter Fiddes
Laura Murley
Annelise Theis
Mike Simons
Todd Johnston
Ben Ballantyne
Zoe Williams
Jacqueline Renwick
Angus Wood Ross Taylor – Close Friend. Died age 20 – Suicide 2013.
Brooke Jay
Joe Rayen
Andy Simpson
Julia Hamon
Jess Taylor
David Jakob
Alesha Ruddenklau
Michael Sewell
Jackie Hall
Emma Croskery
Glenys Tyrrell I lost my beautiful girl krystal to suicide 6 April 2015. 2 month after her 16th birthday and 2 days before her brothers 7th birthday
Tyson Hodge J.O
Lizzy Simpson
James Rabbette
Tess Goldsmith
Marc Hansen
Abby Washington
Jackson Crane
Jasmine Fraser
Jakob McDermott
Thomas Pavletich
Matt Miller 15, sporting, brother
David Long
Esther Share Action needs to be taken.
Jonathon Gale
Harriet Mccartin
Henry Scott
Gael Chapman
Hamish O’Brien
Sam Tallott
Mollie Boreham My Neice – 16
Liam Koedyk
Alex Dent
Marco Dyson The stigma around mental health still exists to a point where it is hard to have an open conversation about it with parents and loved ones. This needs to change.
James Hunt Lost a good mate Ben in 2012
Hayden Dalton
Zachary Payne
Dave Johnston
Jessica Veale
Millie T
Ross Murray
Ben Hall
Mac Hepburn
Fiona Connor
Tom Griffin
Holly Parata
Latham Stevens
Mareah Rua
Brylie Hillegers
Hamish Ryan
Mitchell Scott
Cameron Hegarty
Chris Whitley
Ashlyn Monk
Chelsea Manning
Harry Jones
Alys White
Chanel Fletcher
Lisa Mccoll
Gail Eddy
Stacey Cairns
Kirsten Ward Hartstonge
Rachel Hannaway
Kourtney Ngaamo Why is it our suicide rate is so high? What has lead us to get to this breaking point in our lives? If we just had that one person there at that crucial moment where we decide to quit we may have been alive to speak up. But the ones who were not saved from the demons in their mind leave behind their voices. They are the ones who needed to tell us Why and What it truly was that lead them into the black tunnel with no return…. For us left behind, we can only put every inch of our effort now into prevention and treatment for the ones left that struggle on a days to day basis to get past that point and see the light.
My past has riddled me with anxieties, depression and thoughts of giving up but I am lucky enough to have had that strength to continue past those times and move forward. I have tried anti depressants and counselling but those remedies are only available to the people who can afford such a service. Yes you can mask your feelings with a little pill, but what comes with that is side effects, and other emotions you never knew you had. A pill can’t fix it, it can only assist. We need more, we need a health system which can support, recognise and treat the ones who cannot speak up. We need to surround our sufferers with real people, real activities, affordable health services and routine to help move them forward. The world is so artificial these days, the internet can cause so much hurt and pain, the media focuses on the negative which impacts our mood, and the pressure to be the best and look the best is causing unnecessary pressure which then leads to a dark world for many of us.
We need help, yes, but what we really need to do is talk and understand from the ones who are suffering within. They need us, family, friends, workmates, peers. We need to stop media and internet trolls getting into our lives and move forward the healthy natural way.
As for money – you cannot survive in Auckland unless you earn atleast $50k a year, now deduct rent, food money and bills from that and the reality is – you are left with pittance. How on earth is your average Kiwi able to afford help! Help = $49 GP Bill, Help = $80+ for a 1 hour counselling session, Help = $22 just to see a movie with a friend, Help= $50 a week to put petrol in your car to visit family or friends, Help = $30 for takeaways to bring some joy into your weekend night…. Everything costs money and if we can’t earn enough to live a comfortable happy life in our home country then what the heck are we working hard for? If the average kiwi has to live from week to week, no wonder our mental state has been impacted. The pressure is too much! Something has to give.
Caitlin Marshall
Ruby Smith
Karlee Ferguson I have many friends that have taken their own lives… we need to help
Anna O’Toole
Bronwyn Gray Liam Richardson aged 22 my son
Jordan Hulleman
Ian Richardson Liam Richardson aged 22 my son
Cameron Anglesey
Aimee Ryan
Jumee Wardlaw
Donna Mccoll Peter, 29
O’Leah Black
Stan McDowall
Jack Doublet
Amber Haines
Anna O’Toole
Kaleb Geary Not enough being done to create safe, positive initiatives on a growing problem in NZ
Tom Kroch
Lee Tan
Mike Macrae
Jessica Thomas
Georgia Wootton Georgia MacBeath 1997-2016
Georgia Vermeer
Lilli Macrae
Shane Drozdzak
Samara Hollows
Bridget Corkery
Ben Fleming
Mitchell Moran
Eden Adamson
Brian Crawford
Elliot Gibbins
Ryan Gilbert
Tom Cooper
Kelly Adams
Geraldine Prisk luke, 16
Cecily Reed Jordy Oliver, 22.. RIP beautiful boy
Tayla Shepherd
Geraldine Prisk luke, 16
Ryan Sweeney
Alex Bolderston
Katie Johnson
Reubeb Horn
Gina Clouston-Cain Gina Clouston-Cain. Colleague of Brad Anderson.
Tyne Aitken
Belinda Blackley
Charmaine Mcleod
Rachael Davidson friend of Reegan, 21 and Clive, 29
Holly Wilson
Jamie Kalksma
Henry Francis
Phillipa Wilson Desperate increase on mental health awareness and Funding are, needed. Now
Jean Garland
Millie Johnson
Laura Braid
Jane Allan
Chelsea Knowles
Kendall Mcbride
Sarah Benwell
Vincent Macrae
Monica Hansen
Cameron Bignell
Clare Latimer My father, Greg.
Hattie Macdonld
Andrew Wilkes rip j.b
Natasha King
[BR] I’ve experienced only a mild case of mental illness and it is terrifying
Jason Horsman
Angus Elliott Ben Sidey 20
Ross Taylor 20
And many more
Liv Hynes
Annie Davies
Becky Morgan Have lost too many friends to suicide. It’s not ok and shouldn’t be happening as often as it does!
Ethan Macmillan
Sam Neame
Olivia Galloway
Sydney Caughey
Kim Bates
Alana Wells
Sharmain Bray
Monte Mclean
Holly Paterson
Hamish Reid
Zoe Hancox
Rohan Prasad
Kirsten Williams Friend of Elizabeth Taylor ( lost in 2014)
Grew up with Ross Taylor( Suicide)
Taylor Smith
Patrick Fruean
Laurita Tamati Roi (nephew) 27
Regan King
Abby Zonneveld
Greta
Caitlin Mackenzie
Josh Hill
Ebony Mcclintock
Dylan Robertson
Harley Jones
Emma Fitzgerald
Angela Berger
Tracy Kilkelly
Matt Reeves
Sinead Harris
Kopare Williams
Abbey Swift
Will Kindley
Bex Gower
Tom Newton
Daniel Anderson
Patrick Mcnamara Jordy Oliver 22
Karin Tuke A close friend.
Macayla Moore
Vanessa Franklin
Nickie Thomson
Maddy Fisher
Libby Davidson
Nicola Dyer
Thomasina King
Zara Mcgregor
Lily Van Duivenvoorde
Elle Rolfe
Christina Bruce
Brittany Pringle
Sam Dodd
Jonty Waddell Gone but never forgotten
Jo Williams
Phoebe Finnigan David, 17
Matt
Megan Mcphail
Jack Lewis
Mollie Eastup
Shane Calder
Nicholas Gunn
Alana Taylor
Mickayla Meredith
Reon Buchanan
Brandon Smith
Bayley Gutsell
Guy Graham
Olivia Lewis
Olivia Wilson
Dylan Walters
Libby Shaw
Stacey O’Connor
Tyla Osborne
Kelda Hunter
Heather Warriner
Grace Gibson
Steph Munr
Nat Grace
Raewyn Gray
Emilie O’Shea
Charlotte Bell I’ve lost three dear friends to suicide. All young boys, all under the age of 21.
Ben Sidey, Nick Allison and Ross Taylor. This is so important.
Maddi Ingham Tony, 40s
Laura Shaw
Courtney Myron
Jessica Cole
Baxter Watson
Isaac Gray
Chloe Baillie
Madeleine Walker
Andrew Harrison
Jared Holden My brother at age 15
Daniel Grimes
Hannah Spratt
Joe Rabbitt
Sara Jenkins-Fowler
Sarah Bayly
Rachael Van Eunen
Kate Darby
Lisa Kennedy
Saskeia Gallagher
Meri Guise
Drew Gillies
Melissa McDonald
Ashleigh Clough Too many to name ?
Olivia Galloway
Phoebe Swale
Stephanie Webb
Laura Saville
Madeline Burley
Rob Austin
Sophie Tamati
Patrick Carter
Jane Pankhurst
Marg Eckhoff Four of my friends have lost sons to suicide. Too many ?
Ella Mackie
Becca Bown
John Wootton
Michael De Bruyn
Lydia Barry
Tiana Rutene
Andrea Kerr
Nathan Cookson
Bianca Healey
Tom Ryder
Pippa Thomas
Maxine Wilson
Cara
Tom Ford
Annabel Clarke
Nikita Hames
Haley Duffy
Mackenze Leask
Holly Chapman
Matt Cadogan
Harriet Wadworth
Gemma Walsh
Maria Lange
Olivia Neame
Hugo Miller Ross, 20
Katie Thomas
Kenzie Reeves
Anna Sunnex Matthew wilson 21yrs
Charlotte Ritchie
Ryan Anderton
Samantha Brown
Glenys Tyrrell I lost my beautiful girl krystal to suicide 6 April 2015. 2 month after her 16th birthday and 2 days before her brothers 7th birthday
Hannah Cowie
Nat Cleaver
Josh Campbell
Paige A
Jacob Waldron
Angus Dykes Best mate 19 . 2 years ago.
Victoria Templeton Victoria Templeton, my son Ben, 19 in 2012
Rosie Coutts
Clare Galloway 2 friends with sons the same age as mine have lost them to suicide in their twenties. The effect is far reaching and truly devastating. We have to lower this awful statistic.
Abraham Kendall
Lydia Ward
Rachel Dacombe
Amy Hall-Jones
Kate Johnson
Connor Brocket
Rachel Bowie
Anton Oconnell
Ben Willemsen
Lewis Hicks
Madeleine Turner
Harriet Cartwright
Ashleigh Aldridge
Rebecca Quin
Alivia Walker
Charlotte Hand
Sarah Smith
Kate Dowding
Kyle Hilditch
Nick Kelly
Sally Neame
Courtney Whiting
Amber Marshall
Tom Addis
Kathy Spain
Alexandra Swale
Georgie Uncle, 2011
Madeline Hampton
Sarah Noble
MK I survived my suicide attempt. This is such a geeat cause. [Edited]
Nicole Leebody
Harriett Sutton This is such an important cause that i believe needs to be addressed by the government- I don’t think it can be swept under the rug any longer!
Tom Morgan
Kylie Morton
Brooke Wilson Adamson Niece of Nevil, 37
Danielle Beal-Harris
Alex Pyper
Bridget O’Toole
Katie Chalmers
Sophie Reynolds
Chris Sannum
Amanda Martin
Isaac Cadogan
Christie Morrison
Tailer Lunn
Sam Conway
Travis Wootton
Brad Weber
Craig Strong
Guy Young
Briar Carrodus
Matthew Gaylor
Rachel Rolleston
Nik Borland
Madeleine Callister
Emily Quinn
Quinn White
Lucy Mcgrannachan
Sophie Borland
Victoria Steiner
Hannah Fleming
Monique Mckewen
Nicole Hart
Emily Pollock
Ruby Riddell
Georgia Cowan
Mac Bolderston
Michelle Moss
Aliesha Ruddell Robert James Claude Ruddell 53, Jamie Brian Ruddell 29
Tia Howard
JW Extremely dissatisfied with ‘support’ that CMHT was supposed to offer with someone close to me.
Josh Hayes
Eugene Sanders
Rianne Walker
Susan Gale
Nick Askin
Rebecca Hamilton
Jessica Hutton
Tom Lichtnecker
Laura Skidmore
David Seidel
Georgina Norrie
Ethan Young
Tink Brinsley- Turner
Zoe Swift
Theo Zbijowski
Cameron Deynzer
Lisa Massey
Harry Mcphail The bro Dougal McPhail – 25
Emma Johnston
Josephine Cutfield
Reagan Tall R.i.p brother…
Libby Stevens
Michael Griffin
Pixie McDowall
Keryn Mckenzie
Nicole Walker
Jaden Beange
Jessica Dick
Andrew
Gail Mckenzie
Olivia
Zoe Sprott
Kylee Davis
Jude Smidt
Jenni-May Burton Jen Burton, My friend Stephen Gourlay (52)
Teri Urwin
Nina Vermeer
Sandra Tyree
Kath Shaw
Sophie Collins
Matthew Knight
Brigitta Rennie
Gerrard Radburnd
Jan Hughes My dad
Jayde Peat
Ricky Moore
Sarah Mcarley
Will Riddell
Phoebe Wilding Nick Allison age 22
Jess Leonard
Ashley Low
James Todd 21 Rhys
Bella Harvey
Olivia Hyslop
Jerusha Marshall
Ben Mitchell
Matt Gibbs
Ben Trainor
Ashley
Sam Short
Callum Foster
Ben Steele
Mahara Steedman
Richard Mouat
Jesse WILKINS
Becky Oswald
Laura Van Schooten
Brylea Smith
Olivia Trainor
Georgia Machen
Alannah Burgess
Cherie Mckinnon
Lucy Broadhead
Diane Macleod
Madison Veitch
Johanna Leitch
Leoms Visser
Emily Ruygrok
Lee Love
Jaimee Coulter
Tim Wells My brother committed suicide aged 16
Carolyn Walters
Julie Baird
Olivia Brien Friend of Shaun 19
Anneke Rombouts One of my best friends, Janaye committed suicide
Karyn Wildermoth stacey….
Willy Mason
Karyn Wildermoth stacey….
Bianca Keane
Mike Grant
Samantha Lee My loved one Jordy, 22 years young.
Jake Fleming
Jessica Kuperus
Aleisha Kirkman Aleisha. 2 friends gone forever + 2 who
Jamie Gibson
Ricky Buchanan
Brianna Fairon
Eilish Lie-Olesen
Matt Alexander Jordy
Nicole Standring
Cholena Perry
TYLER Evans
Sam Ashworth
Brittany Mcgregor My beautiful best friend Janaye, 17
Karen Duncan
Dylan Tasker
Lucia Franghetti-Tupaea Carl, 19 yrs old
Gemma Thomson
Kaitlyn Wheeler
Ella Todd
Emma Brazil
Sue Wells To many to write down.
Sue Wells To many to write down.
Madeline Dykes
Tahnae Wilson-Brown
Jack Merton
Gael Browning Sheridan aka Jimmy Browning 31
Scott Sutherland
Brittney Townsend
Tanya North New Zealand must respect and help its youth
Gavjn Stark Get suidice prevention and mental health taught in schools
Hattie Logan
Hannah Freeman
Abel Banda
Ashleigh Reid
Emma Symes
Angella Gibbs
Noah Cooper
Kate Manera My cousin Kodi was only 14 years old when he took his own life last year due to bullying. He felt he had no other option. It’s not fair on the family and it wasn’t fair on him.
Georgia Dunbar
Edward Nuttall
Charmaine Burke
Jess Hibbert
Sophie Acklin
Alex Martin
Felicia Houlahan
Abbie Smeehuyzen
Tracey Takawe Partner Shane Maloney Brother Vaughan Maloney lost suicide
Serena Bermingham My Uncle Trev and dear friend Greg
Amanda Hale
Jaimee Murdoch
Craig Galloway
Troy Kelly
Holly Kempe
Emma Cotton
Renee Madigan
Kasey Anderson
Francesca
George Wigley
Louise Varley
Georgia Byles Jordan, 22, 2017
Stewart Marshall
Glynis Corson Supporting mental health is paramount for a healthy happy society.
Victoria Mcarthur
Maggie Gardyne
Sofia Peters
Rose Ritchie
Brittany Sanderson
Koriana Osborne
Marie Massey
Maddy Scoles
Laura Randell
Denham Bayer Lost too many good mates to this and it has to stop
Rob Allan
Henry Franklin
Ben Tamati Kahu, Roi and Jordan
Tayla Little
Jed McDonald
Georgia Merton
Tori Wheelans
Henry Grayson There is more to live for.
Will Duncan Will Duncan
Corey Miller
Ryan Mcgarry Jordan, 22-a very good man
Eleanor Whelan
Sean Patrick Kid I coached in basketball, Mason, P. And dean of a student, T.R
Toni Dunnill
Colleen Kito
Kimberley Brown
Kelly Waud
Millie Heard
Jamahl Sim-Brooking
Lynne Devonshire
Courtney Kersten
Lachlan Turley
Madeleine Clarke
Alice Withington
Grace Lusty
Madeleine Phillips
Dylan Stock
Brodie Abel
Harriet Walton
Heather Price
Paula Angus
Susanah Berry R.A.T.S
J H ?
Antoinette Swanepoel Ross Taylor – my sister’s son
Liz Roozendaal
Sam Honeyfield Have the courage to connect!
It takes strength to cry. Feeling is healing. People love you. Samshine
James McDonald G.V.D, T.V, J.O, T.M, H.M. Family and friends aged 13-30
Jessie Frater 3 dearly missed friends
Tia Stanley
Emma Mclean
Tom Foster
Deborah Strong My sons have lost friends to suicide & it is difficult to understand why. Talking is helpful & important to be true about feelings/thoughts & always keeping communication open.
Liv Stapley
Daniel Ingham
Kendra Crawford A friend
Jan Magee too many to name
Chris Beck
Aneisha Noanoa
Sinead Hart
Elaine Joseph Elaine Joseph new Ovens, lost my son Shayne Maitland aged 25, in 1987
Chelsea Mckellar
Jackson
Lynnex Milne
Lynnex Milne
Lynnex Milne
Luke Sorensen
Tom Lawler An issue that seriously Needs more attention in NZ
Philippa Cashmere
Brittany Sutherland
Ellie Nolan
Sara Baines My father, David Baines.
Johnny Appleby
Shannon Dass
Rachelle Mckillop
Naomi Senior
Frances Scott
Siobhan Morton
Kylie Kennard A couple of friends in their late teens early 20’s
Natalie Wright
Fiona Bunce Work Colleague aged 32
Shannon Smith
Penny Dalzell
Morgan Boyd
Denise Wilson
Deon Takitimu Brendon Takitimu,kid brother,19,1994
Natasha Roughan
India Leishman
Pauline Perkins
Jess Atmore
Liam Buttner
Summer Cooper
India Sawyer A childhood friend who took her life at 17.
Clare Williamson
Ashley Matcheson
Brittany Dalziel
Sarah Mckenzie Jordy ??
Maria Werry
Elyse Christiaans Jordy, 22
Bethany Mackintosh
Kale Panoho
Jacob Norrh
Elaine Joseph Bee Ovens Elaine Joseph new Ovens, lost my son Shayne Maitland aged 25, in 1987
Rory Ruddell Wish i could have helped the ones I’ve lost but least there pain is gone even if mine is not…..
February 2016 Robert ruddell (dad)
June 2017 Nicola ruddell (aunty)
August 2015 Jamie ruddell (1st cousin)
December 1986 Mark ruddell (uncle)
Rose Williams
Rosie Fowler
Tama Walker
Victoria Saunders
Evie
Nat Robb
Will Hendo
Mackenzie Hollebon
Robyn M Dennison
Leisa Briggs
Olivia Brown
Taylor Marsh
Szaria Leitner
Alex Filsell
Taryn Barnes Beautiful Nayes, 17
Jan Ewing Disgusted in mental health system every person i knw thats committed suicide went2 them got given pills & sent home
Marie Soffe
Sarah Trevelyan
Lucy Partridge
Angus Mckenzie
Paul Foley Prevention would be better than cure. Starts at pre-school, so the at-risk are more worthy. Parents and children need so much more help. Almost too late when they start contemplating suicide.
Keri Carruthers
Dan Mccombie Jordy. 22
Danika Grant
Lois Paterson
Arahi Von Sturmer-Karanui 28yr old Mother to 2 beautiful daughters(13 & 10). My dear cousin Bon
Madeleine
Harriet Fisher
Lori
Matthew Elliott
Siobhan Bissett
Tracie Meechan
Carolyn Marshall
Ciarain Gordon Too many young people in my city
Jess Patrick
Josh Humberstone
Brittany Calder
Will Kerr
Jan Thomas
Ruby Adams
Abby Roberts
Georgia Mccarty
Maiah Hegarty
[Anonymised] We have a son who is mentally unwell, and has been for many years. We have been through the system . The needy are just put back out in Society with no back up and the outcome is horrendous.
Siobhan O’Connor
[Anonymised] We have a son who is mentally unwell, and has been for many years. We have been through the system . The needy are just put back out in Society with no back up and the outcome is horrendous.
Karen Thompson
Larisse Scott
Angus Cleland
Elliot Gray
Nicole Mccone
Mike Shaw Mike Shaw friend of Kurt 18
Jennifer Thomas
Alex Davidson The most beautiful angel, Amelia
Olivia Lewis
Johnny Corcoran
Sally Mcchlery
Emily Barclay
[LM] Almost me. 2010-2016
Brooke Barclay
Aimee Wright
Lynn Wattam
Kerrie-Lee Southernvasey
Nate Holland
George Clark
Sacha Bignell
Smyth Brydon My clever,creativeand mischievous friend Jacob Richards.
Tania Murtagh
Robyn McDougall
Rowan Kain
Katryna Peters Timothy Ian Murray aged 17,my Beautiful son
Brendon Mitchell Survivor
Crystal Jayne
Jennifer Dean
Rebekkah Marshall
Natalie Frew Numerous friends
Craig Mclean
Tama Eminukutepua Aotearoa RATS – Riders Against Teen Suicide
Gordon Jolly Too many friends
Katen Johnson My husband at 45yrs of age
Roxzane Rauner
Greg Brown
Sian Mansill
Roanne Parker Roanne Parker
Dawn Townshend Lee Heenan 29 Partner
Tracy Strudley
Kelly Fraser
Lisa Mckelvey
Lauren Barnes
Ashleigh Mail
Susan Sutton
Jasmine Couch My cousin Penny
Belinda Clements
Mitchell Aro
Abbey Lang
George Thomas
Dwayne Pratt
Simon Lack
Meg Sutton
Shirley Jones
Madeline Hume In memory of my father
Tina Mangos
Joy Lalahi Too many friends, and I sign to honour those who saved me.
Zara Welton
Christopher Wilson
[Anonymised] Im 26, i myself tried to take my own life we need more help.
Stephanie Oliver
Kelly Povey it’s great that people are starting to finally realise how serious this is….and it’s people like Tama Eminukutepua and the R.A.T.S MC club that are leading the way…i’ll support that…
Tracey Goodman Jamie goodman 30.05.91-14.01.12 son 20
Dana Gray Lost my sons ex girlfriend
Yvonne Lawson My Son.
Amy Elston a son benjamin keith elston 27-3-88 to 13-6-2014. bens bows suicide aftermath help depression support
Eleanor O’Donnell
Hayley Stanfield
Hellen Kearns
Dean Jacobs Cain
Les Pinkerton My daughter kala took her life in 2011. She was 17. I offered to speak at her high school about it. I was told no against school rules. I had to go with the police to identify my girl. [Edited]
Penny Dalzell
Shirley Wall Jason 28 Whanau
Shar & Dave Cromb DJ (David Jade) Cromb 14 years old 5/5/12??. Our beloved son
Liv Fraser
Desirée Bond
[Anonymised] A near miss suicide of my amazing special intelligent 16 year old after a counselling referral was FORGOTTEN to be passsed on by a mental heath institution!
[Anonymised] As someone that has battled with depression and suicide attempts with a lack of recognition of severity or need for help from even the crisis teams, I feel it is paramount that the system gets im proved. Too many GPs are ‘Jaded’, mental health systems are underfunded, understaffed and underresourced. I almost slipped through too far and it is happening around the country. The whole system needs a shakeup.
Jane Cameron My brother Charles Cameron-Brown committed suicide in 2005, aged 35.
Michele Mackenzie Carl Goodwin 31 loved and missed.
Melanie Edwards My son Siga Roberts
24.02.94 – 19.9.12
Tessa Nicol
Leanne Mctear
Sharmaine Paterson
Tayla Boock
Lucy Friends and families closest friends and siblings
Richard Darby
Krystena Hynes
Alice Robinson
Prue Bell Mother of Rob, 39
Megan O’Malley
Pamela Barrett
PRISCILLA RIPPON
Angela Ryan Our dear family friend, Ross aged 20.
Deborah My dad, aged 49
Molly Elliott
Sam Hobson

WHERE TO GET HELP:

If you are worried about your or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call 111.

If you need to talk to someone, the following free helplines operate 24/7:

DEPRESSION HELPLINE: 0800 111 757
LIFELINE: 0800 543 354
NEED TO TALK? Call or text 1737
SAMARITANS: 0800 726 666
YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633 or text 234

There are lots of places to get support. For others, click here.

Patrice Harrex and son Brad, 25

Ross Taylor, 20, son of Corinda

Maria Dillon and son Harry, 18