Suicide postvention: Support for Pacific communities Event as iCalendar

(COMPASS Research Centre)

13 October 2016

4 - 5pm

Venue: Room 107, Fale Pasifika Complex (273-107)

Contact info: Martin von Randow

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Website: COMPASS

Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, University of Auckland

We sought to engage Pacific communities in New Zealand to elucidate culturally relevant ways of supporting those bereaved by suicide, and to develop Pacific suicide postvention guidelines. A survey was conducted among those bereaved by suicide (i.e. family, friends, peers, work colleagues etc., n = 173) as well as service providers (i.e. health professionals, social and community workers, nurses, spiritual leaders etc., n = 70).

Further qualitative exploration was undertaken via 16 Pacific focus groups (n = 74). The findings highlighted: the need to destigmatise suicide postvention formal support; the need for culturally appropriate suicide postvention training; culturally competent ways of supporting families; the demand for Pacific postvention guidelines; and the recognition that the make-up of Pacific communities should be reflected in postvention initiatives.

Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath is a lecturer in Pacific Health, School of Population Health, the University of Auckland. Her research and teaching interests include: Pacific suicide prevention and postvention; youth development; Pacific health and mental health wellbeing; inequalities in health; and Pacific Studies.


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