Suicide Prevention Symposium

He Waka Tapu and the Waitaha Suicide Prevention Action(WSPA) group present the Annual Suicide Prevention Sypmosium – Behind the Numbers All people All communities

15 September 2017 9:30am – 2:40pm 
Celebration Centre, 81 Bickerton Street, Aranui, Christchurch

Symposium Details

Suicide Prevention Symposium 2017

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of your whanau and community?

This is a FREE full day symposium in which online registration is highly encouraged so we can make sure there are enough seats for everyone! This promises to be a special year which shouldn't be missed. Registration is possible on the day also.

It will be a place where we can gather together and tackle this national epidemic and gain the skills so we can help those whom need us the most.

Come along and talk because suicide prevention is everybody's business

Keynote Speakers

Jamie AllenJaime Allen - Project Co-ordinator of Taranaki Retreat

Taranaki Retreat wants to prevent suicide by giving people options and support when things start falling apart.

Chris BowdenChris Bowden - BA (HonsI), MA (University of Otago), PhD Candidate (Health) (Victoria University of Wellington).

Chris Bowden is a lecturer in the School of Education at Victoria University of Wellington. He teaches in the area of human development, youth development and youth issues. His research interests include: suicide bereavement, grief, loss, trauma and resiliency. His PhD research focused on young men’s experiences of losing a close friend to suicide. Chris delivers professional development and training to professionals on suicide, grief and trauma and community-based education on supporting children and young people’s wellbeing and development. He is also an agent of the Regional Child and Youth Mortality Review Group which works to make recommendations to prevent deaths and improve systems and responses. Chris developed and co-facilitates the Waves programme for adults bereaved by suicide in conjunction with Skylight.

Navigating silence: Understanding the grief experiences of young men bereaved by suicide.

Behind the many numbers of youth suicides in NZ are large groups of young suicide-loss survivors who have lost close friends. The grief of close friends may go unnoticed, be minimised, or even misunderstood. All people and every community can play a role in preventing suicide and supporting survivors. Suicide can leave survivors struggling to navigate in a world of grief, darkness and silence (Te Pō). They need to find their way through their suffering and the void (Te Kore) – the realm of potential and transformation – and back to the world of light and being (Te Ao). This presentation focuses on the key findings of a descriptive phenomenological study of the lived experiences and journeys of young men (17-25 years of age) who lost a close male friend to suicide. The young men’s journey through suicide bereavement included: being gutted, being stoic, grieving in silence, being silenced by others, breaking the silence, being in silence, analytic silence and transformation. The men suffered, retreated, grieved, found comfort and made meaning in silence. Their experience of suffering, loss and navigating grief fostered a new direction in life, values, identities and ways of being in the world. Their experience suggests that families/whanau, friends and professionals need to learn to see, listen to and interpret the different types of silence of young men and offer care and support that helps them navigate their grief.

Fraser ToddFraser Todd - Senior clinical advisor, Matua Raki

Fraser is a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist working with adolescents suffering mental health and addiction related issuss at Youth Specialty Services, Christhurch, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the National Addiction Centre, University of Otago Christchurch where he is involved in our postgradueate CEP programme. Fraser was also a member of the DAPAANZ executive from its inception until last year, he is a life member of DAPAANZ. Fraser was one of the original staff members of Matua Raki for several years, while it was hosted by the National Addiction Centre.

Breakout Speakers

Steve DuffyDr Steve Duffy - Clinical Director and Psychiatrist

Steve has taken a keen interest in service development and organisation and completed an MBA at the University of Canterbury in 2014 with a focus on Zero Suicide and The Henry Ford Perfect Care Programme. He has led projects on information service upgrades and is a sponsor of the KPI (Key Performance Indicator) benchmarking forum. He is a strong advocate for improving patient experiences and outcomes with information and evidence led service development.

Sala TiatiaSala Tiatia

Sala is a man who wears his heart on his smile and is always the first to affirm without thinking twice, this is what makes him a leader among our rangatahi. He is the principal of Te Kauapa Whakaora alternative education program for youth who struggle in main stream education.

Sala is a rock and exudes hope to all those around him, and he is loves to survive.

Jaye PukepukeJaye Pukepuke - Founder/Director Bros for Change LTD

Jaye is a founder of the Bros for Change movement and works hard to see that kaupapa through. He is based in the community and works with rangatahi from all over Christchurch. His own personal journey and vision to see change for young males is what makes Jaye and his teams’ work vital for the wellbeing of our youth and our community.

Jaye is a father of two, he is also a professional rugby league player and a qualified chef.

Corinda TaylorCorinda Taylor

Mother of four children who lost her youngest son Ross, 20, to suicide four years ago. She works at the University of Otago in Microbiology and Immunology and in her spare time is a mental health advocate wanting system changes in suicide prevention. She founded the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust three years ago to give a voice to all people with the lived experience. Last year she delivered a petition to Parliament asking for an inquiry into mental health services. She has set up bereavement support groups to break the stigma, isolation and silence surrounding suicide.

Tanith PetersonTanith Petersen - Whaiora Online Project Manager

Tanith’s mahi over the past 5 years has been developing and implementing the online tool Whaiora Online alongside a small but awesome team of peeps.

Whaiora Online is tool that supports whaiora who are interested is strengthening their health and wellbeing. It’s an online community that has added features that include relatable goal options, tracking positive changes and lately a brand new space Tautoko+ that’s full of a mixture of short videos and applicable activities that give whaiora insight into discovering new ways to approach areas of wellbeing, through the eyes of their peers and supporters. This has a very NZ look and feel in a “Pinterest” like style.

We can now show positive outcomes for whaiora who are accessing services, that it is making a difference in their everyday lives. Having control of what and how they share and choosing the areas to focus on that is important. Being connected to a community that’s invested in their health and wellbeing, cheering them on in small & big moments makes a difference.

Amanda ChristensenAmanda Christensen

Amanda is a registered Educational and Counselling psychologist who works as a Waves bereaved by suicide trainer and facilitator, grief counsellor and clinical advisor for Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa CASA Community Postvention Response Service (CPRS). She brings the Lived Experience of her teenage daughter’s death by suicide to her clinical approach.

Nikki ColemanNikki Coleman

Nikki Coleman has a social work background in youth mental health. She has worked in YSS in Auckland and Christchurch before joining Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA) as a clinical advisor in suicide postvention and prevention. She provides advice to MVCOT social workers regarding their youth at risk of suicide. Recently she returned to the CASA community postvention response team which works with communities who have experienced suicide contagion or clusters. Nikki also has a private practice seeing youth for CBT and provides supervision and training to other professional mostly in the youth field in Christchurch.

Rawa KaretaiRawa Karetai

Rawa Karetai (Ngāi Tahu ki te Tonga), ILGA Oceania, LGBTI Aotearoa, “To Be or Not To Be, Māori, LGBTi… How I see me in the World”.

Helen LeahyHelen Leahy - Pouarahi / Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Helen Leahy is the Pouarahi / Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu; the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island. From 1999 to 2015 Helen was based at Parliament in Wellington, in her roles as Chief of Staff of the Māori Party, and Senior Ministerial Advisor for Dame Hon Tariana Turia and Sir Hon Dr Pita Sharples. She was National Secretary for the Māori Party from its establishment in 2004 to 2014; and the author of ‘Crossing the Floor: the story of Tariana Turia” (2015). Helen was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the modernisation of Child, Youth and Family in 2015, and the Māori Design Team for Oranga Tamariki. She is a member of the governance forum for the Canterbury Children’s Team; as well as a former member of the steering group for the Integrated Safety Response pilot, representing Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau. Helen is a Trustee for Digital Wings; a Trust which facilitates the redistribution of electronic equipment from corporate entities to community organisations to enhance educational and employment opportunities. She is also a member of the South Island Public Health Alliance. In previous roles, Helen was a policy analyst in the Ministry of Education, Manager of the Wellington Sexual Health Service, Social Policy manager in Te Puni Kokiri and a secondary school teacher at Hornby High and Hagley Community Learning Centre, before shifting to Wellington in 1990. Helen was born in Kaiata, attended primary school in Kaiapoi and Blenheim, secondary schooling at Wairarapa College and undertook university study at Victoria, graduating with a Masters of Arts in Education Policy. She and her partner have three children who whakapapa to Ngāti Rangi, Niue, Ngāti Kurī, Tuwharetoa and Tuhoe.

Te Kahui Ururoa – National Rangatahi Council members

Cairo Smith - Hawkes Bay (Ngati Kahungunu)
Charlizza Harris – Wellington (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou, Ngapuhi)
Ezekiel Tamaana Raui – Auckland – Northland (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngā Kuki Airani)
Mauriora Tawaroa-Takiari – Wellington (Te Ati Haunui-a-paparangi, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi)
Quincy Meihana (Hawea) – Whānganui (Nga wairiki Ngati Apa, Morehu, Tuwharetoa, Raukawa and Ngati Manawa)
Tyrin Hamuera Te Ringitanga Tutaki – Dunedin (Ngāti Rereahu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato engari kei te whenua haumako o Ngāi Tahu tōku kāinga waewae)
Shanayla Haehaetu Barrett – Rotorua (Te Arawa; Ngati Whakaue)

2017 Symposium Programme

9:30am - 10am
MC’s – Norm Vae’le & Terry Huriwai
Matua Terry Ryan

10am - 10:30am
Innovations/Community Action Jamie Allen, Project Co-ordinator Taranaki Retreat

10:30am – 11am
Breakout sessions:

  • Clinical - Amanda Christian
  • Community - Kiwi Daddies
  • Iwi - Rawa Karetai- ILGA Oceania, LGBTI Aotearoa
  • Rangatahi/Youth - Jaye Pukepuke

11am - 11:30am
"Navigating silence: Understanding the grief experiences of young men bereaved by suicide" - Chris Bowden, Course co-ordinator and lecturer at Victoria University

11:30am - 12pm
Breakout sessions:

  • Clinical - Steve Duffy
  • Community - Tanith Petersen - Whaiora Online
  • Iwi- Mark Solomon - Tu Pono
  • Rangatahi/Youth - Sala Tiatia

12pm - 12:30pm

12:30pm - 1pm
Fraser Todd, Senior Clinical Advisor Matua Raki

1pm - 1:30pm
Breakout sessions:

  • Clinical - Nikki Coleman
  • Community - Corinda Taylor
  • Iwi - Karaitiana Tickell
  • Rangatahi/Youth - Zion Tauamiti

1:30pm - 1:40pm
Hemi te Hemi - 1 year on "Reflections"

1:40pm - 2:10pm
Iwi- Helen Leahy – Chief Executive, Te Putahitanga

2:10pm - 2:30pm
Te Kahui Ururoa – National Rangatahi Council

2:30pm - 2:40pm

Breakout Sessions

This session will cover the clinical perspective on suicide prevention. Speaker line-up include Steve Duffy Psychiatrist- Clinical Director for Adult and general in-patient services at Hillmorton Hospital, Amanda Christian psychologist and clinical advisor for Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA) and Nikki Coleman, social worker and clinical advisor for CASA.

The community session will cover programmes that are being delivered in schools and in the community that support at risk communities. Chris Bowden is a lecturer at Otago University and wrote  “Navigating silence: Understanding the grief experiences of young men bereaved by suicide”. Life Matters suicide prevention trust based in Dunedin will speak on some of the initiatives they have implemented that support communities nationally.

The Youth session will provide an insight into some of the successful programmes being delivered in Otautahi. Jaye Pukepuke is the director of Bros for Change, Sala Tiatia is the Principal of the alternative education programme at Te Ora Hou and both will speak on the success of their youth focused initiatives.

This Iwi session led by Amber Clarke will include a variety of initiatives that support whānau hapu and Iwi development and what the impact to iwi development has been.

Do you want to promote at the symposium?

We would also like to invite providers with the opportunity to promote their services at the symposium, this could be either a static display or a health promotion table.

If you are interested or for more details please call Rachael Faatili on 03 3738150.

2017 Sponsors

He Waka TapuHe Waka Tapu

He Waka Tapu is a kaupapa Māori service located in Christchurch. We focus on working with whānau and individuals that want positive health and wellness outcomes. Staff have formal qualifications in nursing, health promotion, social work, counselling, law, management and administration. The organisation is a leader in the utilisation of online tools to support whaiora in their recovery


Waitaha Suicide Protection Action


Canterbury District Health Board is a Christchurch based hospital and healthcare provider for the Canterbury region of New Zealand.

Te PutahitangaTe Putahitanga

Te Pūtahitanga is a partnership between the nine Iwi of Te Waipounamu: Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Rangitāne and Ngāti Rarua.

Pegasus PHOPegasus PHO

Pegasus Health is providing Primary Health Organisation (PHO) services for everyone who is enrolled with one of its general practices and primary care organisations. The intention of the PHO is to promote health, reduce the cost of care, and help set the direction for the development of primary health care for our enrolled population.


We are a team of highly experienced people with clinical and/or lived experience of suicide working in the suicide prevention and postvention space. We specialise in working with agencies and communities to help them best manage suicide risk.

Wrap Up

2017 Symposium

Rangatahi / Youth