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Dr. Lynne Russell Telling the story of Māori Suicide Kāi Tahu Ngāti Kahungunu.

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1 Dr. Lynne Russell Telling the story of Māori Suicide Kāi Tahu Ngāti Kahungunu

2 3258 in 6 years 541 in 2012/2013 year 10 each week

3 Aunty aged 32 daughter, Mum of 3, sister of 7, sister-in- law, Aunty, niece, cousin, friend 1 st cousin aged 32 daughter, wife, Mum of 2, granddaughter, sister of 4, sister- in-law, Aunty of 12, niece, cousin, friend 1 st cousin aged 30 son, partner, grandson, brother of 3, brother-in- law, Uncle, nephew, cousin, friend 1 st cousins’ half-brother aged 22 son, grandson, brother, nephew cousin, friend 1 st cousin’s husband aged 40s son, husband, Dad of 2, brother, brother-in-law, Uncle, nephew, cousin, friend 1 st cousin’s husband aged 30s son, husband, Dad of 3, step-Dad of 3, grandson, brother, brother-in-law, Uncle, nephew, cousin, friend Husband aged 42 son, husband, Dad of 5, brother of 8, brother-in-law of 8, Uncle, Papa, nephew, cousin, friend Nephew aged 17 son, partner, grandson, brother of 3, nephew, cousin, friend Nephew aged 21 son, partner, father of 1, grandson, brother of 2, nephew, cousin, friend

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5 How can we stop suicides ?

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8 “I continue to believe we need to gently bring the issue of suicide from out of the shadows.” (Chief Coroner, Judge Neil MacLean, 3 Sept 2012 )

9 “It needs to be discussed out in the open. For too long we have carried shame for having feelings of suicide or knowledge that someone we love has taken their lives. We are bereft with confusion, guilt and anger.” (Wahine Māori, 18 March 2013)

10 “It is the kind of pain that is difficult to voice because it is so complex. But we must speak to it out loud without shame if we are ever going to heal from it.” (First Nations sister, 18 March 2013)

11 Whānau must be facilitated to tell their own stories… to exercise rangatiratanga over their lives

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13 “The greatest resource is whānau…” (Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi) “Whānau offer the most untapped potential for Māori suicide prevention.” (Hon Tariana Turia)

14 “I think if people could see how utterly bereft and devastated suicide leaves those most important to them and how people damage themselves because of the loss that a beloved one’s suicide does to them – would it make a difference? Most often I see the silent ongoing pain that with the passing of time tends to mask, but it is always ever present.” (Indigenous woman)

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