Lives Worth Living is a community funded, suicide prevention initiative in Mid Canterbury.

A big part of Lives Worth Living is helping people to build strength and resilience so they have the skills to bounce back when things in their life might not be great.

Formed by Safer Mid Canterbury, it is a suicide prevention and post-vention response service for the Mid Canterbury region. The programme is run by a highly experienced mental health clinician and a community health promoter who work with people on their journey through loss and provide education about suicide prevention.

Collaboration with other local and regional agencies is an important part of their work. The Lives Worth Living team have worked alongside Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB);Ashburton and Rural Health Services; Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service (ACADS); Ashburton District Council; Ashburton Senior Citizens Inc; Comcare Trust; Fire and Emergency New Zealand; Hakatere Marae; He Waka Tapu; Hype Youth Health Centre; Mid Canterbury Principals’ Association; Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust; Mount Hutt College; New Zealand Police; Pegasus Health; Presbyterian Support Upper South Island; Safer Mid Canterbury; St John; Waitaha Primary Health; and Oranga Tamariki.

Together, a five year strategic plan for Mid Canterbury has been developed to guide wraparound support for individuals and whānau affected by suicide in the district.

[View the charter]

[View the strategy]


Special acknowledgement to Dr. Annette Beautrais for her ongoing support of Lives Worth Living and the development of the Suicide Prevention: Simple Skills for Workplaces and Communities resource for Mid Canterbury.
Lives Worth Living gratefully acknowledges the generous support from community funders.