Parents launch suicide support movement 365

Two parents bereaved by suicide have launched a community based movement, 365, to support and encourage more New Zealanders to help bring down New Zealand’s rising suicide statistics.
Co-founders Toni Ryan (Wairarapa) and Warren Brown (Hawke’s Bay) say lowering New Zealand’s high suicide rate is something a lot of people want to see happen, but often don’t know how to help.
“365 gives us all a simple ideas to use every day that can, literally, help save lives. No matter your age, stage or situation, 365 is about making supporting people simple,” says Ms Ryan. She says people aren’t always ready to reach out to formal services. 365 is about acknowledging that small actions can save lives: “For the cost of a hot chocolate you can help someone change their lives forever.”
Collectively, the pair have supported people affected by suicide for over a decade. Brown says that while a listening ear won’t be enough for everyone – it’s a really important start: “We’re parents. We’re not trained psychologists. But we know what loss looks like, and between us we’ve worked with hundreds of bereaved people in our communities.
“We want to encourage New Zealanders to take a minute or two out of every day to support someone else with a kind word or action. Whenever we actively have each other’s backs, we’re helping prevent suicide in New Zealand.”
“Each year, we all have 365 days, ways, and opportunities to take a minute and help change a life.”