Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

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Who we are

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust | Te Whare Oranga Ngākau is a Peer-Governed and Peer-Led organisation striving to help members of our community who are at risk of, or affected by, suicide. They operate on the core values of inclusivity, respect, empathy and integrity.

The team is based in Ōtepoti Dunedin and provides direct support to people in mental distress and crisis. Their support services are available virtually to all throughout NZ as well as face-to-face in Dunedin. All of their services are provided free of charge.

Life Matters staff and volunteers are able to provide Peer Support for tāngata whaiora (person seeking health) in mental distress or in crisis. They also run bereavement and whānau support groups monthly, advocacy, and suicide prevention and mental health workshops such as safeTALK.

In the last 12 months Life Matters has provided over 1,000 peer support sessions, and subsidised almost 300 therapy sessions to our tāngata whaiora.

As of August 2023, the peer support service is funded by Te Whatu Ora, while all other costs rely on funding from community grants and donations.

Here's the difference your gift could make:

- $900 could provide a safeTALK workshop for a group in the community.
- $100 could provide an hour-long therapy session.
- $20 could produce 50 stickers to promote suicide prevention in the community.