Resources on Suicide

After a Suicide - Practical information for people bereaved by suicide

This booklet gives practical information that can be needed after a suicide. The contents include caring for yourself, answering difficult questions, details on who may be involved or need to be involved and information for getting ongoing help and support.

This resource and other up to date resources are available via the link belo

Ministry of Health Publications

Email:    Phone: (04) 496 2277

Or order online at:    HP number 4209

Having suicidal thoughts?

Information for you, and for family, whänau, friends and support network. The information in this brochure is drawn from the evidence-based guideline, The Assessment and Management of People at Risk of Suicide, 2003, published by the New Zealand Guidelines Group. Updated 2012.

Download the below 16-page PDF brochure or borrow a print copy from the library.

Copies can be viewed online or ordered from the Ministry of Health:

Explaining suicide to children & young people

Download the 4-page PDF below  information sheet: 

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Suicide – a fact sheet

Download the below 3-page PDF factsheet:


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Responding to people at risk of suicide

The Mental Health Foundation develops information resources to support people who are worried about their own suicide risk or the suicide risk of someone close to them. Through this information service, we can link you to information about suicide prevention support available.


The LowDown

The Lowdown is part of a national public health campaign (the National Depression Initiative) and has been created to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of New Zealanders, as well as being a component of the New Zealand Government’s approach to suicide prevention.

The Lowdown aims to help young people recognise and understand depression. This site encourages and enables them to seek appropriate help, or puts them in touch with trained professionals. Through encouraging early treatment of depression the NDI intends to reduce the impact depression has on the lives of young New Zealanders, now and throughout their adult lives.

The Mental Health Foundation develops information resources to support people who are worried about their own suicide risk or the suicide risk of someone close to them.

Through this information service, we can link you to information about suicide prevention support available.

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation's work focuses on making mental health everybody's business.  What we do is diverse and expansive, with campaigns and services that cover all aspects of mental health and wellbeing. We take a holistic approach to mental health, promoting what we know makes and keeps people mentally well.  We provide free information and training, and advocate for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whanau and friends.


We support people facing any kind of tough life situation - whatever the cause and whatever their age. We also assist those wanting to help them.

Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand 

We provide a national suicide prevention information service that aims to improve New Zealanders' understanding of suicide prevention and increase their capacity to help, by providing high quality information and resources. Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand is provided by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, under contract to the Ministry of Health.


Breaking the silence : New Zealanders talk about suicide  

Author: Moir, Lorraine.   Imprint: Nelson, N.Z.: Craig Potton Pub., c2001.   

Classification: HV 6543 M7136 2001  

Death without warning : Information and support after an unexpected death  

Author: Ewart, Lynne.  Skylight (Organization)  2nd ed.   Imprint: Wellington South, N.Z.: Skylight, 2008.  

Classification: HQ 1073.5 E845 2008  

Dialectical behavior therapy with suicidal adolescents  

Author: Miller, Alec L.   Imprint: New York: Guilford Press, c2007.  

Classification: WS 463 M6468d 2007  

Last words : approaches to death in New Zealand's cultures and faiths.  

Author: Schwass, Margot.   Company: Funeral Directors' Association of New Zealand.    Imprint: Wellington, N.Z.: Bridget Williams Books with the Funeral Directors Association of N.Z., 2005.  

Classification: BF 789 L349 2005  

Suicide survivor's handbook : a guide to the bereaved and those who wish to help them  

Author: Carlson, Trudy   Imprint: Duluth, Minn.: Benline Press, 1995  

Classification: HV 6543 C37 1995  

What happens next?! : support and information for parents, caregivers and family/whanau of young people who have a mental illness.  

Author: Lyons, Wendy.  Skylight (Organization)   Imprint: Wellington, N.Z.: Skylight, c2008.  

Classification: WS 462 L992 2008  

Additional books dealing with grief

Coping with grief

Author: McKissock, Mal.  

Edition: 3rd ed.  

Imprint: Sydney: ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1995.  

Classification: BF 575.G7 M158 1995  

Good grief : a constructive approach to the problem of loss  

Author: Westberg, Granger E  

Imprint: Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1982  

Classification: WM 55 Wes 1982  

Love and loss : the roots of grief and its complications  

Author: Parkes, Colin Murray.  

Imprint: Hove, East Sussex :  New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2006.  

Classification: WM 460.5.O2 P2451 2006  

Grief counselling and grief therapy : a handbook for the mental health practitioner  

Author: Worden, J. William (James William)  

Edition: 3rd ed.  

Imprint: Hove, East Sussex: Routledge, 2003.  

Classification: WM 55 W9249 2003  

Reprinted 2005 and 2006.

Grief and loss across the lifespan : a biopsychosocial perspective.  

Author: Walter, Carolyn Ambler.  

Imprint: New York: Springer, c2009.  

Classification: BF 575.G7 W231 2009  

On children and death  

Author: Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth  

Imprint: New York: Macmillan, 1983  

Classification: WS 200 K935 1983  

Recovery from loss : a personalized guide to the grieving process  

Author: Tagliaferre, Lewis  

Imprint: Deerfield Beach, Fla.: Health Communications, 1990  

Classification: WB 310 T34 1990  

Supporting bereaved and dying children and their parents  

Author: Herbert, Martin  

Imprint: Camberwell, Vic.: Australian Council for Educational Research, 1997  

Classification: WS 350.6 P37 1997 no. 10