Film invites open discussion of suicide

Long Lunch 17/07/2018

A new film by Māori psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph invites open discussion of suicide through the brave testimony of five grieving families travelling to Cape Reinga.

Paora Joseph joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch ahead of the World Premiere screenings of Māui’s Hook at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

The main message of the film is “less kia kaha and more kōrero” – essentially less being strong, and more talking.

As a youth worker and psychologist Mr Joseph sees suicide as a huge social issue, particularly between the ages of 15 – 24.

“My idea was to work with families in particular who have lost their loved ones to suicide, because I think for some time now there hasn’t been a huge emphasis in terms of working with the whanau” he told RadioLIVE.

See the film at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Where to find help and support:

·         Free call or text 1737
·         Suicide Crisis Helpline  0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
·         Healthline  0800 611 116
·         Samaritans  0800 726 666 
·         Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757
·         Mental Health Foundation

Listen to the full interview with Paora Joseph above.

The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.