Connecting with the support that is right for you
Positive relationships are the tides that carry us to safer shores in stormy times. For Pasifika, good health and wellbeing are deeply interwoven as we respond to each other’s connections to build trust, a sense of belonging, acceptance and purpose. Suicide prevention within our Pasifika communities starts with these connections.
This is one of the key areas we focus on in our FLO Talanoa suicide prevention training through our Top 5 Tactics to Pasifika suicide prevention. To understand how this training lands within our communities, we share the following statement from a recent participant to understand its impact within the community.
Immediately after the session I called three of our students that I felt displayed signs of risk discussed in the workshop. As a result of those conversations, all three students are now receiving the support they need. All three admitted they would never have reached out had it not been for those calls.
Understanding the diverse needs of our youth requires innovative approaches from Le Va to connect in the differing spaces that they may dwell. Le Va has been afforded a range of opportunities to connect in these different spaces, from Mental Wealth workshops in the grassroots basketball clubs to the ASB Winter Armageddon 2022 expo, promoting Mana Restore, the mental wellbeing tool for online gamers to over 40,000 people across the 3-day event.
We are living in a tech world and our children are growing up in this tech world, and it’s pretty scary. It’s boundless, you can get lost, even me, in my adult life I get a little bit lost; but that just means we need to put more time and effort into our younger generations. – Armageddon patron