Taking time to stop, breathe and reflect on those we have lost to suicide was a key focus for staff and students at Toi Ohomai today for World Suicide Prevention Day.
The day was observed on all campuses.
World Suicide Prevention Day is a day to remember loved ones tragically lost to suicide.
It's also a day to check in with friends and whānau, ask if they are okay, and let them know you care.
This year, Toi Ohomai staff and students were encouraged to support the awareness day by tying a ribbon to a tree to remember those that have been lost through suicide.
Health and Wellness team leader Turuhira Marino said she was pleased with how the events were received.
"Suicide is something that touches all of us in some way or form. We all know of someone who has been affected and the whole purpose of this day is to raise awareness.
"We also wanted to promote mental health services that are available to people."
Turuhira said the events struck a chord with both staff and students.
"There were some people there who really appreciated the acknowledgment of the day and they had some people close to them who had passed from suicide and they were able to reflect and remember those people fondly."
She said inspirational quotes were also available for people to look through and to take.
"It was really positive, people really appreciated it. We just wanted everyone to take some time out of their day to reflect on not only those we have lost, but on themselves and I think we achieved that."
WHERE TO GET HELP:
If you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.
OR IF YOU NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ELSE:
• 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP) (available 24/7)
• Lifeline Aotearoa
• YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633
• NEED TO TALK? Free call or text 1737 (available 24/7)
• KIDSLINE: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• WHATSUP: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
• DEPRESSION HELPLINE: 0800 111 757 or TEXT 4202