GT: Build a support network.

It’s important to involve others to help you and the person you're supporting – don't try to do everything yourself. To build a support network:

  1. Ask the person you're supporting to tell you what they need, what works for them and who should be involved.

  2. Your support network might include kaumatua, amorangi or people within your iwi, haps or community groups, as well as friends, family and whānau. It might include people who have been through something similar to the person you're supporting, and can share how they got through it

  3. Bring the group together in a safe space.

  4. Talk openly and honestly about the situation.

  5. Talk to them about what they will do if they feel suicidal again, how they plan to keep safe, and how others can help with this.

  6. Develop a plan together to support the person – identify how different people can help.Get professional help if you need it. Talk to your local doctor, medical centre, community mental health team or counselling service.


In a crisis or emergency. If someone has attempted suicide or you're worried about their immediate safety, do the following:

  1. Call your local mental health crisis assessment team 0800 800 508 or go with them to the emergency department (ED) at your nearest hospital.

  2. If they are an immediate physical danger to themselves or others, call 111.

  3. Stay with them until support arrives.

  4. Remove any obvious means of suicide they might use (e.g. guns, medication, car keys, knives, rope).

  5. Try to stay calm and let them know you care.

  6. Make sure you are safe.

  7. Keep them talking: listen and ask questions without judging.