Ngā Kanohi Kitea Development Grant

Ms Gayle Dowsett
Ngatiwai youth suicide prevention project
3 months

Lay summary

Suicide rates for Māori youth in Te Tai Tokerau, including the Ngatiwai rohe, are a cause of major concern. The Ngatiwai Trust Board has identified an urgent need for localised, hapu-based activities that deepen our understanding of the complex social and cultural factors that has led to the high rate of self-destructive and suicidal behaviours among the youth of Ngatiwai. An essential part of this project will focus on developing culturally-based strategies and programmes that respond effectively to the specific needs of our young people at risk of suicide.

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