As a parent, you might feel worried about talking about death and suicide with your tamariki

But it’s really important to do so as talking about it helps them make sense of what has happened. We’ve put together a free guide to help you talk to and support tamariki when a loved one dies by suicide.

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With our guide you’ll learn:

  • Tips to help you talk about suicide with your tamariki.

  • Common questions tamariki and mātātahi (young people) may ask and ideas about how to answer them.

  • Practical ways you can help grieving tamariki. 


This isn’t intended to replace professional help and support when needed. If you feel you and your tamariki may need help from a professional, please reach out to Kenzie’s Gift.


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Places to go for further support

If you need further help and advice about talking to your tamariki about suicide, there are so many services available.


As well as here on the Kenzie’s Gift website, where you can find lots

of helpful free resources about dealing with grief, you could

try the below.


National helplines

  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

  • Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

  • Healthline – 0800 611 116

  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666


Helplines for tamariki and mātātahi

  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234, email or online chat

  • – or email or free text 5626

  • What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, 12 noon – 11pm and weekends, 3pm – 11pm. Online chat is available from 3pm–10pm 7 days a week, including all public holidays.

  • Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for mātātahi up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.