LifeKeepers is a new approach for New Zealand, bringing an internationally proven evidence-based model to our shores.
One organisation cannot prevent suicide on its own. LifeKeepers is part of wider national initiatives across government, and national suicide prevention services funded by the Ministry of Health.
The design and delivery of LifeKeepers has been driven in collaboration with:
- our strategic partners: Te Rau Ora, Whakarongorau, and Walker Psychology
- our Expert Advisory Group
- key national suicide prevention organisations such as CASA, Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand, Waka Hourua, Skylight, Kia Piki Te Ora, the Mental Health Foundation, and DHBs
- individual academics, people with lived experience of suicide, cultural knowledge holders, and leaders in suicide prevention
This collaborative approach has helped us to make sure that LifeKeepers is community focussed, clinically safe, and culturally responsive, and that it fits in with suicide prevention services and initiatives across Aotearoa New Zealand.
We’d like to especially acknowledge the wise guidance of Professor Sir Mason Durie whose input and oversight has been invaluable to the development of the LifeKeepers programme, particularly in relation to being responsive to Maori communities.