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WAVES Suicide Bereavement Programme

If you have been affected by the suicide of someone you know and are 17 years or older, you might be interested in joining a ‘WAVES’ grief education group. It’s free.

Each group will have 6-8 members who will participate in a programme facilitated by trained health professionals and educators. There is one group session each week, over eight weeks, where members are able to:

• share their thoughts and feelings about what’s happened
• discuss the nature of suicide and grief from losing someone to suicide.
• gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children and young people, after a suicide


We will shortly have the WAVES suicide bereavement programme available in both Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough.

WAVES will complement the one to one suicide bereavement counselling now available via www.aoaketera.org.nz

Are you bereaved by suicide?

If you have been affected by the suicide of someone you know and are 17 years or older, you might be interested in joining a ‘WAVES’ grief education group.

Each group will have 6-8 members who will participate in a programme facilitated by trained health professionals and educators. There is one group session each week, over eight weeks, where members are able to:

• share their thoughts and feelings about what’s happened
• discuss the nature of suicide and grief from losing someone to suicide.
• gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children and young people, after a suicide

The WAVES programme is free, but participants will be asked if they can contribute a koha or donation towards the programme.

How to register for a group:
Contact Paul Martin, Nelson Marlborough Health Suicide Prevention Coordinator:
Email: [email protected] or phone 03 548 2798 ext 5

Note that if a provider has a person that could be interested in the WAVES programme but is unwilling to contact Paul directly- the provider can ask permission to share the person’s contact details with Paul, and he will contact the person.

For more information:
Talk to Paul (contact details above) or read about the programme on the WAVES website: www.griefsupport.org.nz/waves-program

Attached information: https://www.volunteernelson.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/formidable/8/Waves_advertNMDHB3.pdf

Article type: News and information

Contact Name: Paul Martin
Contact Phone: 022 013 6898
Contact Email: [email protected]

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