Lifeline Aotearoa launches next phase of suicide prevention campaign –‘Start the conversation today – Me tīmata te kōrero i tēnei rā!’
The campaign to date has seen the launch of New Zealand’s first Suicide Helpline 0508 TAUTOKO (82 88 65) and six television adverts encouraging people to reach out for help, while also showing how suicide affects us all, and is a community issue.
Lifeline will release a series of thirty-five long and short web-whakaaro from Maori and Pasifika community members who wanted to contribute something meaningful about the topic of suicide.
“This next phase consists of a series of web-whakaaro. Whakaaro can mean ‘thought, opinion, idea or gift’ in te reo Māori, which I think captures what this next phase is all about.” says Lifeline CEO, Jo Denvir.
"It’s about positive engagement with members of the Maori and Pasifika community, where we can listen and share together in the many diverse thoughts or whakaaro around this issue.”
This week Lifeline showcases whakaaro from Pacific Inc and Le Va CEO Dr Monique Faleafa, Māori broadcaster and producer Annabelle Lee Harris, Māori actor, writer, poet, presenter and eco-warrior Anatonio Te Maioha and actress Amber Cureen.
The campaign has been running since 2011 and over the past two years Maori Television and tvCentral have picked the TAUTOKO adverts up.
“We look forward to a future where TVNZ and TV3 take up the opportunity to reach out to their viewers as well.” Ms Denvir says. “But its baby steps, you have to go at the same pace as the community, so we can all hopefully end up together in the same place.”
To check out Lifeline’s Suicide Prevention Education web-whakaaro series click here. http://www.livingworks.org.nz/Home_378.aspx
If you, or someone you know is thinking about suicide, or if you have been affected by the death or injury of someone to suicide, call 0508 TAUTOKO (82 88 65) for support from trained suicide first aid professionals.
Engaged people are less stressed, happier and more interested in what they do! No – I’m not talking about engagement in the marital sense, but rather in the sense of being there in the moment.
A recent article in Gallup Management Journal stated disengagement can be depressing in a workplace and that better engagement means better health. What’s concerning is that research is indicating 8 to 17 per cent of people in the workplace are disengaged. A true concern for any employer!
The recent economic struggles added to the issue, with many disengaged staff choosing to stay put rather than face the difficult and worrying task of finding other employment. Stagnation then becomes as difficult as staff turn over. This may now be changing as signs in the labour market in some areas are changing.
Disengaged staff can have a negative impact on your business, wider than just their own contribution. There continues to be strong links between engagement and key organisational outcomes. I mean if you’re running a customer focused business, but your staff ‘can’t be bothered’ making sales or talking to clients – that’s not good for business!
Signs of disengagement and depression can often be similar. These can include feeling empty or tired, having a lack of interest, energy or concentration, poor or lack of decision making and generally not being bothered.
The challenge is becomes even greater when the manager/owner/leader is feeling disengaged. How do they find ways to get back to having a greater bond with the workplace? Workplaces should not only be fun and engaging for staff, but for the managers/owners/leaders as well. This can be hard work when no one is helping them to engage.
There’s no magic answer to resolve engagement issues. Sometimes it’s right for people to move on. Other times it’s about creating or finding the challenge to keep people engaged. Here are a few simple ways to keep workplaces engaging:
take time to listen to those around you
give and receive feedback
set out clear plans and a future focus
outline your personal development/training ideas and do them
have conversations about high performance and what this means for your business
understand what makes teams and individuals tick
have some fun!
AIDS Hotline 0800 802 437
Al Anon Family group 0508 425 266
Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 229675
Alcohol Hotline 0800 787797
Arthritis Foundation 0800 663 463
Breast Screen Aotearoa 0800 270 200
Cancer Society 04 494 7270
Depression Helpline 0800 111 757 Enable 07 843 9170
GROW 09 846 2871
Healthline 0800 611 116
Lifeline 0800 543 354
Like Minds Like Mine 0800 102 107
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse 0800 677 289
Narcotics Anonymous 0800 628 632
Outline Gay/lesbian 0800 6885463
Overeaters Anonymous 07 839 1599
Phobic Line 0800 122 694
Preventing Domestic Violence 0508 384 357
Problem Gambling Foundation 0800 654 655
Quitline (Smoking Cessation) 0800 778 778
PARS (Prisoners Aid) 07 839 3531
Rape Crisis (Auckland) 0800 472 496
Relationship Services 0800 RELATE
Samaritans 0800 726 666
Stroke Foundation 0800 787 653
Victim Support 0800 842 846
Womens Refuge 0800 REFUGE
TerraCycle – “eliminating the idea of waste” A community lecture by Tom Szaky, Founder & CEO, TerraCycle Inc.
Tom Szaky is an acclaimed eco-visionary and entrepreneur. He dropped out of Princeton University to found TerraCycle, a company that got its start by selling an organic fertiliser made from worm poo in reused soft drink bottles. Today it collects and recycles over 100 different kinds of ‘non-recyclable’ garbage in 24 different countries. TerraCycle has been called the “Google of Garbage” by the New York Times and the “The Coolest little start-up in America” by Inc. Magazine. In 2009, Tom published his first book, “Revolution in a Bottle”, his latest book is “OutSmart Waste”.
Thursday 6 March, 5.00 For 5.30 pm Start
AUT University, Sir Paul Reeves Building, Room Wg308,
Cnr Mayoral Drive & Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland
No cost, but you must RSVP — go to this link to register online