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.
View a useful checklist

Supporting someone bereaved by suicide

Things you can do and say to support someone grieving after a death from suicide.
Ways you can help

Who is vulnerable?

Some are more vulnerable than others following a death and may need professional help.
View a list of at risk groups

Covid-19 Update

Face-to-face workshops will not continue while New Zealand is at Level 4. We will be in contact with all participants soon.