Sup­port­ing those ef­fected by sui­cide

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A grief education pro­gramme has been launched to help sup­port those in the South Waikato who have been af­fected by sui­cide.

‘Waves’ is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion de­vel­oped by Sky­light, to of­fer a wide range of sup­port for those fac­ing tough times, loss, trauma and grief.

The pro­gramme sug­gests that grief for sui­cide comes in waves, with the first wave bring­ing shock and the feel­ing of be­ing over­whelmed.

Waves fa­cil­i­ta­tor Mar­garet Bon­nar said the idea was to de­velop a group en­vi­ron­ment set­ting that was trusted by whanau [fam­ily] that have been af­fected by sui­cide.

The pro­gramme is avail­able to ‘‘any­one who has been af­fected by sui­cide’’ from the age of 17.

Through­out the grief education pro­gramme dis­cus­sions are held on the process of un­der­stand­ing and find­ing the path­way to move for­ward.

It fo­cuses on the grief process, find­ing mean­ing in your ex­pe­ri­ence, man­ag­ing your emo­tions, re­duc­ing stigma, work­ing through the feel­ings of iso­la­tion and mov­ing to­wards the re­cov­ery and build­ing re­silience.

It teaches you how to care for your­self and oth­ers around you.

The pro­gramme is run ev­ery Tues­day night over eight weeks, but reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired.

The cut off date for reg­is­tra­tion is Friday June 16, with a max­i­mum of eight per pro­gramme.

‘‘There is such a need for it be­cause there has been too many fam­i­lies af­fected by sui­cide,’’ said Bon­nar.

As this is the first sui­cide sup­port pro­gramme to take place in Toko­roa, the fa­cil­i­ta­tors will con­tinue with the pro­gramme as long as there is de­mand.

Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Ngaroma Reti said if the de­mand spreads out from the Toko­roa area they will con­sider widen­ing their range to places like Pu­taruru.

The wave pro­gramme teaches peo­ple that these waves can not be con­trolled but you can learn to surf, and if peo­ple learn to go with them, ex­pe­ri­ence them and move through them ef­fec­tively, they will sub­side more quickly and the per­son will find their way back to shore.

For those want­ing to reg­is­ter for the first pro­gramme or have any quest­ings re­gard­ing Waves please con­tact Mar­garet on 0210446372 or Tok­erau on 0272264422

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