As announced in last month’s Te Rau Matatini e-pānui, Te Rau Matatini has developed a programme which seeks to connect with a 1000 Māori whānau. Under the umbrella of Waka Hourua (Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention), the Tiaki Whānau Tiaki Ora programme is an approach to suicide prevention that works with whānau.
On the 27th of March, Te Rau Matatini launched Tiaki Whānau Tiaki Ora in Te Tai Tokerau. Te Rau Matatini kaimahi met with 30 people who were interested in becoming Whānau Champions. Whānau Champions are key to the success of Tiaki Whānau Tiaki Ora. Essential characteristics of Whānau Champions are that they are from the communities they will be working with, that they can whakawhanaunga with whānau, support whānau, mentor whānau, and are strongly motivated to reduce suicide.
The whānau champions will work directly with whānau and in turn be supported by Te Rau Matatini who will provide cultural and clinical oversight to the programme. Te Rau Matatini is working to expand the programme to other parts of Aotearoa. For more information, please contact: [email protected].