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Aoake te Rā: Bereaved by Suicide Service

Programme Areas

Self help/ helpline, Mental health

Programme Type

Online / e-mental health, Community based support - mental health, Non-acute specialist mental health community services


Wellington, Nelson Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, North Auckland, East Auckland, Central Lakes, Central Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Taranaki, MidCentral, West Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Child / tamariki, Youth / rangatahi, Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

You can refer yourself or somebody else via our website, email, or phone. To refer now: 

  • Fill in the online referral form at 
  • Email us at 
  • Or leave us a message on 0800 000 053 (please leave name and contact details)

Aoake te Rā is rolling out as a nationwide programme providing free brief therapeutic service to individuals and whānau as they navigate life after a loss by suicide. Aoake te Rā means ‘a new sun rises' - the emerging light being a symbol of hope as whānau adapt to their loss.

  • We offer a service for those needing focused support following bereavement by suicide. The service is: 
    • free
    • available to all ages and at any stage after bereavement
    • a brief service with approximately four hours support per person (e.g. four 60 minute sessions) 
    • available for individuals, couples or whānau groups 
  • We offer face to face, online and phone services
  • We are one of a range of services that support people bereaved by suicide 
  • We aim to be a culturally responsive, safe and effective service
  • We work with identified local Providers (e.g. counsellors, psychologists and other health professionals) who we train in suicide bereavement. If there is not yet a local Provider available in your area you can access the service online if preferred. 
  • We are an emerging service that has been developed using co-design with bereaved indiviudals, whānau and communities.

For more information visit 

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Contact Details

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Contact List

Postal Address

PO Box 12088
Christchurch 8242

This page was last updated at 10:19AM on January 26, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa.