Organisations that can help.

Victim Support can be contacted on their 24/7 line, 0800 842 846. They will support you in the first days after the suicide, and can provide you with local knowledge about others who could help.

Skylight is a national agency that supports children, young people and their families and whānau who are facing loss and grief. You can call them on 0800 299 100. Skylight can send you a personalised pack of supportive information made for you.

The Mental Health Foundation provides information and advice to help people support themselves and each other after a suicide death.

Aoake te Rā, a free service which offers up to four sessions of free counselling for those affected by suicide loss.

Other agencies or groups to contact may include:

  • local family and community support agencies
  • churches or faith groups
  • marae
  • cultural centres
  • community centres or community workers
  • a counsellor, school guidance counsellor or counselling agency
  • social workers
  • your doctor, community health centre or primary health organisation
  • a community mental health or hauora Māori mental health team.

For contact details, check your local community directory or notice boards, the Family Services Directory, or contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Workplace support programmes may be available in your workplace. Ask your employer.

Budgeting services can help you budget and manage your money. Ask your local Citizens Advice Bureau for a contractor, or visit the Sorted website.


Here is a list of some of the services available that offer support, information and help. All services are free, and most are available 24 hours.

For counselling and support, contact:

  • 1737, need to talk? Free call or text 1737 for support from a trained counsellor 24/7
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (for counselling and support)
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email or online chat
  • Healthline – 0800 611 116 (for advice from trained registered nurses)
  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions)
  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (for confidential support to anyone who is lonely or in emotional distress)
  • Asian Family Services – 0800 862 342, free and confidential service available in ten languages
  • Vaka Tautua - 0800 652 535, free national Pacific helpline for anyone who needs someone to talk to, help and support. Available in Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands Māori and English. 

For more helplines offering support information and help, please see: Helplines

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