Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust was formed in July 2014 by concerned citizens wanting to make a difference to our suicide statistics in New Zealand.
The Trust was formed because there was very little support available to families bereaved by suicide or those that are suicidal. We provide much needed support and give a voice for the thousands of families devastated by suicide.
The Trust does funding applications to cover all their operational costs. Many generous sponsors have helped giving funds and also helping out with fundraising campaigns. We welcome donations which go towards training in suicide prevention and supporting those in need.
Our aim is to reduce the suicides in our country by promoting suicide prevention strategies, educating and supporting our community, raising awareness about suicide by breaking the stigma and supporting those bereaved by it.
“Hello, I am Corinda Taylor. My most important job is that as a mother and wife. I lost my beloved son Ross, aged twenty, to suicide in March 2013 due to failures of the system and individuals. Because I believe that Ross’ suicide could have been prevented and due to the lack of support after his suicide I called a public meeting to connect with like-minded people. I am the founding member and chair of the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust. My aim is to make sure that nobody struggles to get help when they ask for it. From this end a petition was started with Denise’s help and we delivered it to the House of Representatives and respectfully requested a comprehensive independent nationwide Inquiry into Mental Health Services to be conducted to determine if current services meet the requirements and if future planning is adequate to meet future demand. We hope that the growing nationwide support will help us to make sure that nobody should die in despair and alone in the health care system. Zero suicide in health care is my aim”.
“Kia ora, my name is Denise Kent and I’m the mother of four grown up children, Kai Tahu. The Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is something that is dear to my heart as me and my whanua have lost people dear to us to suicide. I have also had my own journey bringing up my children alone and having to seek counselling for a time and that is probably what has taken me to this area of peer support and work. I have been involved in Life Line for five years as a counsellor and trainer as well as the Tough Love programme once again for five years as a buddy and trainer.
My area of work is peer support and advocacy. It has not been always easy for me as a mum, raising my children and at times also struggled to get them through their own black dog. I’m really passionate about the Life Matters’ philosophy and was involved right from the start at the very first meeting and a founding member. My role in Life Matters is public speaking, delivering safetalk, peer support and organising events. My wish is that we do not have to do this and that eventually we will have zero suicide”.
“Hi there, my name is Carolyn McMillan. Ten years ago the unthinkable happened and I lost my only sibling, Fiona, to suicide. As devastating as it was it made me realise that I wanted to make a difference, and also reduce the stigma surrounding suicide. I didn’t know how I was going to do that but knew in time the opportunity would arise. The opportunity that arose was Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust, it fitted with my beliefs in that I believe that prevention is important and vital, as well as education.
I am now honoured to be a trustee and the treasurer of Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust. I have a passion for making a difference, having suffered debilitating depression and anxiety myself, and losing a loved one to suicide. It is not easy juggling being a full-time working mum with a two and four-year old, but if I can make a difference then it is certainly worth it.”
Hello, my name is Olivia King and I am a recent graduate of the University of Otago. Being a psychology student, I have a huge passion for helping others, doing good and speaking out about mental health. I've heard of too many people whose lives have been lost to suicide, and when I saw Life Matters were looking for volunteers to help with newsletter and content work I went for it. I started as a volunteer in July 2018 and now work casually helping create online newsletters, work on training modules and develop content to promote upcoming events. I am so proud to work for a team focused on reducing stigma, educating others and most importantly providing support to those affected by suicide and/or mental health difficulties. I am loving helping develop and build the Trust by working behind-the-scenes and have learnt so much already. Knowing I am working for people who are so driven to spread support, love and acceptance is the most rewarding part of this role and I am so grateful to be in this position.
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