After a death by suicide

Ua tagi le fatu ma le eleele. The stones and the earth weep.

To lose someone to suicide is devastating. It's a time of great sadness and despair. There will be many unanswered questions and often profound and long lasting impacts on close family/whanau/aiga/kainga and friends. 

The shock of someone taking their own life can leave you feeling many emotions. There's no right or wrong way to grieve and it's normal to feel angry, guilty, hurt, betrayed and have all sorts of emotions that you would rather not feel. Everyone responds and grieves differently.   

Here you'll find information about supporting someone bereaved by a death from suicide and how to keep people safe and reduce the chance of others considering suicide as an option for themselves.

Keeping everyone safe
Things to consider after a death by suicide to reduce the chance of others having similar thoughts.
Supporting someone bereaved by suicide
Things you can do and say to support someone grieving after a death from suicide.
Who is vulnerable?
Some are more vulnerable than others following a death and may need professional help.

If you are concerned for your immediate safety, dial 111

Or alternatively phone:

Depression helpline 0800 111 757 or text 4202

Free call or text 1737