Suicide Prevention & Postvention Workshop

In this workshop, facilitated by Te Aka Ora and led by Dr Chris Bowden, participants will get a greater understanding of how to recognize and assess for the effects of trauma, how to support people who have experienced trauma, how to promote wellbeing, as well as practical knowledge on how to access resources, people, and support in our local area.

Dr Chris Bowden


Chris has been working in the area of suicide prevention and postvention for two decades. He provides community and professional education locally and nationally and works closely with suicide prevention and postvention services providing advice and guidance. He has authored various government reports on suicide prevention; presented conference papers, symposia and hui. He developed New Zealand’s first nation-wide psycho-educational programme for adults bereaved by suicide (Waves) in conjunction with Skylight Trust.

Chris is a lecturer in the School of Education at Victoria University of Wellington where he teaches in the area of human development, youth development and youth issues.

Where to get help:

Lifeline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 354

Depression Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 111 757

Healthline (open 24/7) - 0800 611 116

Samaritans (open 24/7) - 0800 726 666

Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.

Youthline (open 24/7) - 0800 376 633. You can also text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email

0800 WHATSUP children's helpline - phone 0800 9428 787 between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day at

Kidsline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 754. This service is for children aged 5 to 18. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy. These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.

Alcohol Drug Helpline (open 24/7) - 0800 787 797. You can also text 8691 for free.



Te Rau College, 9 Temple St, Gisborne


10:30AM-2:30PM, Saturday 7 July


Travel subsidies will be made available by prior arrangement.

If necessary, subsidies will be applied proportionally to those with the greatest need.


This Workshop is open to all licensed ministers, and those training for ministry in Te Tairawhiti.

If others would like to attend please contact

Spaces are limited to 20 people.