This website is managed by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
We don't provide counselling or direct support services. If you are feeling suicidal, or know someone who needs help, check the help options on our website, or get in touch with our Resource & Information Service who can point you in the right direction to find help.
If someone has thoughts or feelings about suicide, it's important to take them seriously. Let them know there is help available to them. Encourage them to get help and talk to someone about what they are going through. .
People who feel suicidal often feel like they are alone and that their family, whānau and friends would be better off without them. Support from people who care about them, and connection with their own sense of culture, identity and purpose, can help them to find a way through.
If someone has attempted suicide or you're worried about their immediate safety, do the following:
- Call your local mental health crisis assessment team or go with them to the emergency department (ED) at your nearest hospital.
- If they are an immediate physical danger to themselves or others, call 111.
- Stay with them until support arrives.
- Remove any obvious means of suicide (e.g. rope, pills, guns, car keys, knives).
- Try to stay calm and let them know you care.
- Keep them talking: listen and ask questions without judging.
- Make sure you are safe.
For other support options, see the Helping someone section of our website:
- What to look out for
- How to help when you're worried about someone
- How to support recovery
- Supporting someone after a suicide attempt
- Helping someone online
- More information and support services