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Start the conversation today

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.

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.

Who’s the daddy

Up to 10 per cent of dads experience depression during the pregnancy or after the birth of their children.

I read about this in a research article from Australia’s Deakin University. I was surprised – not so much with the 10 per cent figure, but with the topic. After all, it’s not something that is often discussed or explored. Traditionally there has been little support for men to manage a change, such as becoming a dad.

In recent years we’ve seen the role of men and fathers often challenged. Men are becoming more engaged in child care – a return to pre-industrialisation where the whole of the family took responsibility for children. In the current global economic recession an increasing number of men are choosing to stay home to look after the kids. Many men are also looking to balance the demands of work with the role of being a dad.

We all know that men are important in bringing up children, especially boys and finally there is a growing range of supports available. Soon to be dads can ask questions and understand what a new baby will mean to them and their lives.

, The following links provide some great information and resources for dads.

DIY Father
Started by three Wellington dads, DIY Father is an interactive forum for fathers that offers practical information about parenting from a dads perspective.

Great Fathers
This website, started by a Taranaki father, is aimed at helping dads understand their baby and what to expect when their baby comes home. It includes a great DVD resource called In Your Hands – a gift for new dads.

Violence Free Tairawhiti Music Video
Check out Tairawhiti Men Against Violence’s music video calling for us to break the silence and stop family violence.


What is depression? Video by the World Health Organisation

Why do we do social media (HisBiz)

I was talking to a guy this morning around Facebook and the use of it as a way of driving business or making sales. Now I am not an expert in this area or a marketing expert but we did have a few things to share and education for each other on the topic.

Facebook is a social network site so at times people can be more casual in respect to the way they share information than on a website. Often you want your Facebook page to lead people to your website or you may even just directly promote your product there. As we developed HisBiz we found it was really hard to describe our product or inform our customers what to do when they landed on our page. To some degree our facebook page is a melting pot of topics connected to our overall purpose and even personal interests - a social mix of stuff.

HisBiz is not a product lead service and we actually have no product. Lucky I am not trying to sell you anything :)

To some degree we are more of a lets talk and share what we know service. This is harder than it sounds on the internet as social media can be pretty one way. I share you read end of interaction. If I’m lucky you might like it. I have found that pictures of dog’s and cats can get more likes than HisBiz!

Once you take the information my commodity, which is the information is used. At times you may share the information and that widens the reach which is great. To some degree that is the purpose of HisBiz, to get information out and about, creating a community that discovers and shares tools.

I am always keen for more sharing and for people to share information with HisBiz so we can pass it on to others.

So if you are about sharing things to make peoples journey in life better or have some questions to ask join in and do something.

Attention all men

Feeling sad, stressed or maybe angry?
Life getting you down?
One day just like another?
having relationship issues?

NEEDING something to change?

Man Alive have joined forces with Auckland DHB to offer - MENS WELLNESS TOOLBOX

To help kick start your life again.

Saturday 26th October 2013
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100 Queens Road, Panmure

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HisBiz is about connecting the business and wellbeing worlds to support prosperous, healthy futures for Kiwi men. It's time to stand up and do something. It's time to put men's wellbeing back in the spotlight.

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