Samaritans in NZ and Australia bridge time zones to provide support

Samaritans in NZ and Australia bridge time zones to provide support

20th January 2016


New Zealand’s most established emotional support service is leveraging time zone differences in Tasmania and Western Australia to enhance Samaritans service to people needing support at any time of the day or night.

Wellington, Perth and Launceston Samaritans centres have been operating independently for around 50 years and have now started to share volunteer hours effectively to provide 24 hour coverage.

It's time to be proactive about preventing suicide

Media Release: 7th October 2015

Samaritans urge New Zealanders to be proactive about preventing suicide after provisional suicide statistics released yesterday confirm 564 lives were lost by suicide in 2014/15.

The statistics released by Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshal are the highest ever recorded in New Zealand, with an increase of 35 more deaths by suicide this year.  

During September this year 3.9% of callers to Wellington Samaritans were suicidal at time of the call.

Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Stories

Whirlwind Stories is a really great initiative to help enable men to positively embrace their mental health through the sharing of stories.

They've produced a bunch of postcards and behind each postcard is a man's story. Each story is about difficult times and about that man's ability to survive and adapt and get through the tough stuff. Each story is a story of hope.

They've also dedicated an album, Whirlwind, to the cause and it's great. If you want a copy Marbecks are selling them for a gold coin donation.