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National Zero Suicide Forum

Jet Park Airport Hotel and Conference Centre Auckland Thursday, 27 July 2017

More than 500 New Zealanders die by suicide every year, making it the third most common reason why people die younger than expected. Another 150,000 people think about taking their own life, around 50,000 make a plan to take their own life, and around 20,000 attempt suicide.All of this behaviour has a devastating and often long-lasting impact on the lives of the people involved.(Ministry of Health, NZ 2017)

The forum will bring international thought leaders from the US, Northern Ireland and Australia, Government representatives, clinicians and support organisations to delegates who are working in New Zealand’s suicide prevention and mental health sectors to explore how we can provide integrated suicide prevention care models from crisis-point, to stabilisation and recovery, with a renewed ambitious, relentless resolve to drive down the NZ suicide death rate.

The zero suicide concept and disciplined practices emerged from the ambitious ’perfect depression care’ quality performance improvement initiative at the Henry Ford Health System, Detroit. The results were remarkable, driving the suicide death rate to zero in just three years. With more than 250 zero suicide pilots underway across 14 countries, we are seeing some remarkable reductions within communities adopting this mindset.

This forum will explore adopting a Zero Suicide approach as the basis for suicide prevention activity in New Zealand. To this end, we will also launch the Zero Suicide Academy for organisations looking to adopt a Zero Suicide methodology in their practice.

The National Zero Suicide Forum is designed for delegates and decision makers working within New Zealand’s suicide prevention and mental health sector who provide support in their communities to people with suicidal thoughts. It also invites those with a lived experience who wish to drive down the numbers of deaths from suicide in their communities.


If you are keen to explore applying the ZERO SUICIDE methodology in your workplace, we would love to support you in this journey!

Visit Zero Suicide NZ and look around the resources and register for the Zero Suicide Academy

About Zero Suicide

Zero Suicide, an international movement with a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavourial health care systems, has called upon and joined together suicide prevention experts from across the globe to research, evaluate and share prevention successes. The result is continuous improvement and dissemination of tools and instructions for health care professionals, equipping them for effective and caring interactions with those experiencing the despair of suicidal thoughts. The movement is based upon a foundational belief that suicide deaths are preventable.

What Zero Suicide does not meanZero Suicide is NOT a zero tolerance approach. Clinical professionals often carry a heavy burden related to suicide, and the Zero Suicide movement is intended to empower them in their efforts to aid others, not to shame them or increase their loads. Similarly, the Zero Suicide movement exists to support those experiencing suicidal thoughts, freeing them from the shame and stigma that surrounds suicide and giving them voice, while helping them find purpose in life.

Rediscovering hopeZero Suicide reflects a commitment by healthcare leaders to strive to make suicide a “never” event, so that not one person dies alone and in despair. To achieve this goal, a culture must be cultivated where caring, confident and competent staff are supported to continuously improve and learn together. Patients are encouraged to rediscover hope and find ways to survive (and thrive) so that they can reengage with–and contribute to–the communities in which they work, play and live.

We encourage you to attend this forum and be part of the conversation.

David Covington LPC, MBA
CEO and President of RI International

Shaun Robinson
Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Dr. Kathryn Turner
Clinical Director Mental Health & Specialist Services, Gold Coast Mental Health & Specialist Services

Fergus Cumiskey
CEO, Contact Northern Ireland

Glenda Schnell
Executive Director, Lifeline

Roger Shave
Clinical Manager, Coronial Suspected Suicide Data Sharing Service and Community Postvention Response Service

Maria Baker, (Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa)
CEO Te Rau Matatini (National Maori Health Workforce Development Organisation)

Dr. Steve Duffy
MBChB, FRANZCP, MBA Clinical Director Adult General Inpatient Services Canterbury DHB

Abba Fidow
Senior Manager, Le Va

Virginia Brooks
Community Engagement/Health Promoter, Mental Health Foundation

Annie Overton
Manager - Learning Support Team, Ministry of Education

Liz Hosking
Service Delivery Manager for Earlier Mental Health Response Team, Homecare Medical


We are pleased to receive the continuous support from the following partners:


For further details, please contact:
Faye Johnson at or
Phone: 06 878 3456