Ded­i­cated to avert­ing sui­cide

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Dressed in his bright yel­low coat, Jack Gie­len was hard to miss last Thurs­day as he strolled the streets of Mata­mata hop­ing to make a dif­fer­ence.

As sec­re­tary of the New Zealand Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Trust, he said the trust was fo­cus­ing on help­ing peo­ple in ru­ral Waikato towns where there had been a num­ber of sui­cides over the past five years.

Mr Gie­len was giv­ing peo­ple the chance to sign up as a vol­un­teer with the group or ask for coun­selling if they needed it. ar­rested for breach of the peace af­ter an in­ci­dent on Tawa St.

When the Chron­i­cle spoke to him, he said re­sponse had been good and if there was enough in­ter­est, he would look at start­ing a so­lace sup­port group here.

‘‘We try not to fo­cus on the neg­a­tive when we talk to peo­ple who are sui­ci­dal but we work with the pos­i­tive and liv­ing in hope,’’ he said. ‘‘ We do what we can to keep peo­ple alive.’’

The Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Trust pro­vides tele­phone and face-to-face coun­selling for those at risk of sui­cide, 24 hours a day.

It also runs a Rain­bow Rib­bons pro­gramme for peo­ple who have lost some­one to sui­cide and helps them through grief coun­selling and trauma re­cov­ery.

While Mr Gie­len is not here right now of­fer­ing the trust’s coun­selling ser­vices, it does not mean it is too late to sign up. Call the cri­sis helpline and re­sponse team on 0508 425 718 to­day.

About 4am New World was bur­gled af­ter two of­fend­ers gained en­try through a door and took a large quan­tity of cig­a­rettes. Po­lice are fol­low­ing lines of in­quiry.

A Mata­mata woman was ar­rested for tres­pass af­ter re­turn­ing to an ad­dress she had been tres­passed from.

Po­lice at­tended a crash on State High­way 29 af­ter a dis­tracted driver spun out of con­trol. No in­juries were sus­tained.

A stolen mo­tor ve­hi­cle was found on Lans­downe Rd with the en­gine still run­ning.

A lo­cal man was ar­rested for breach of the liquor ban.

A ve­hi­cle was taken from out­side a Find­later St ad­dress and was found 30 min­utes later just down the road where an­other car had been en­tered by forc­ing the locks open.

At mid­night, po­lice were waved down by staff at Tracs Bar af­ter a fe­male col­lapsed and stopped breath­ing. An am­bu­lance took her to Waikato Hospi­tal. Al­co­hol is be­lieved to be a fac­tor and po­lice are fol­low­ing up the in­ci­dent.

A Ware­house staff mem­ber had their phone taken from the check­out counter. As a re­sult, po­lice went to a Ra­parapa Rd ad­dress and re­cov­ered the phone. In­quiries are con­tin­u­ing.

Po­lice were called to as­sist am­bu­lance staff af­ter a 24- year- old woman abused staff and am­bu­lance of­fi­cers who had been called to as­sist her friend who had hurt him­self af­ter fall­ing over.

A 24- year- old man was found and charged with var­i­ous of­fences af­ter crash­ing into a parked car­a­van.

Of­fer­ing to help: New Zealand Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Trust sec­re­tary Jack Gie­len wants to help Mata­mata peo­ple suf­fer­ing from self harm.

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