Inaugural World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: West Coast
  • North Island: East Coast
  • Australia

Rotorua will take centre stage for indigenous suicide prevention.

The inaugural World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference will begin tomorrow at Rotorua Energy Events Centre and run for three days.

The event organised by Ngāti Pikiao has 450 people registered to attend including representatives from Australia, Canada, United States and New Zealand.

More than half of the people attending are youth and will be taking part in the Indigenous Youth Summit, being held at the same time.

The summit will be a forum for young people to make recommendations on suicide prevention, all of which will be put into a final report at the end of the conference.

The purpose of the conference is to engage with other indigenous nations on how to reduce suicides and its impact it has on indigenous peoples.

If you are concerned about someone who may need help, contact Lifeline 0800 543534 or the Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 TAUTOKO.