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The Stats

In 2021/22, 538 people died by suspected suicide in our country, almost double the number of those who die by car accidents.

Around 12 people die every week by suicide in New Zealand. That is 1-2 people every day.

New Zealand topped the global teen suicide ranking, a UNICEF report reveals.

For every person who dies by suicide more than 100 people are affected.

At Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust we aim for Zero Suicide in the health care system

Who are we?

Our Aim:
To reduce suicide in Aotearoa

We’re a group of concerned citizens striving to help members of our community who are at risk of, or affected by, suicide.

We advocate for high-quality identification, response and support for the people who need it.

The Mission of the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is to reduce suicide in Aotearoa by:

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  • Supporting people at risk of suicide and their whanau
  • Providing community education
  • Increasing community awareness
  • Providing bereavement support
  • Reducing stigma
  • Local and national advocacy

Hope Centre

The Hope Centre is a safe place which provides support in the aftermath of suicide and help navigating New Zealand's Mental Health services.

It’s a welcoming place where our peer support volunteers promise to listen to you and to ensure you connect with good support.

This service has provided so much care for myself when I have struggled through mental health by providing sessions for me and coming to be my my side in Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS). They have provided so much for my family and helped me get through my suicidal ideation. The amount of work they have done for me has pushed me through my difficult times". - Damon

On the 8th of September 2017, Richard and Moira’s son Blair died by suicide. The family were referred to a support group that was very helpful, the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust in Dunedin. They attended the Tuesday night support group at 3 Albion Place, Dunedin. All of the people there were bereaved by suicide in different circumstances. Somehow, listening to other people share, and sharing your own feelings helped. You realise that you are not the only one feeling this way. In understanding more from people who had already walked this path, Richard discovered the many challenges that were still in front of him that are common for people bereaved by suicide. Richard said that since Blair died, people who are also bereaved by suicide have approached him and shared. It has been comforting having that feeling of “I am not the only one, and you are not alone.”

63 Hanover Street, Dunedin.

Hope Centre


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