Waka Hourua: An Agenda for Community Led Suicide Prevention

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At Hui Fono 2019,  Sir Mason Durie presented 10 key priorities for supporting people in tough times by using the acronym  Waka Hourua.  The agenda was proposed to add to the current knowledge about suicide prevention and to  bring together priorities for all those people working in communities, and as front line workers to contribute to wellbeing at the community level and in the process address many of the determinants of suicide.

The 10 priorities are described as four  ‘short distance’ interventions, directed towards individuals and whānau. The other six priorities are  ‘long distance’ interventions  intended to build resilience and promote wellness.

Whanaungatanga – trusted relationships

Aukati taniwha – beating the demons

Kake wairua – lifting the spirit

Ahi kā – staying connected to past & future

Hāpori kotahitanga – community collectivity

Oranga whānau – family wellbeing and resilience

Urunga porihanga – full participation in society

Rautaki whakaora – equitable strategies & policies

Umanga ngaio – our collective expertise

Aranga mai – standing with pride and confidence

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