LifeKeepers- A year in review
Between July 2019 and June 2020, the Le Va team delivered LifeKeepers – Aotearoa’s national suicide prevention training programme – to over 1,500 New Zealanders. A massive year for the team, with e-learning a-plenty, the launch of LifeKeepers e-learning + webinar, and face-to-face workshops throughout the motu, all allowing us to engage with caring communities everywhere from Dunedin to Whangarei.
It was a year that saw many significant collaborations. Over the past year, we have been honoured to work alongside the New Zealand Defence Force, Fulton Hogan, Radio Rhema, Victim Support, and St. John to support their staff to grow the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to help prevent suicide. We also had the privilege of connecting with the Wellington City Mission earlier in the year, delivering a full-day workshop to a number of their frontline staff – a real highlight for the team to spend the day sharing and learning more about the incredible work they do to support their local community.
A notable highlight for the team has been the stories that our LifeKeepers have shared with us through the LifeKeepers Logs. Over 600 LifeKeepers shared their stories of connecting with someone they thought might be at risk of suicide, and more than 500 have then supported them to engage with the right supports.
It is through these stories that we hear the true impact of the Lifekeepers programme to hundreds of people within our community. Thank you to all our certified LifeKeepers who to inspire us as they continue to create communities of C.A.R.E.