STAROS Affected by Suicide Support Trust

Supporting the Aftermath...

In March 2012 Teresa and Warren held the first support group meeting at a house in Hastings to support people affected by suicide.  12 ½ years later STAROS have held weekly meetings at what are now three venues across the Hawkes Bay which we know have been useful and important for all that have come along.  In January 2017 STAROS became a not-for-profit charitable trust which also allowed us to focus on the wellbeing of all people in our community.  Our view of this space has been different to the traditional view whereby we came from a grassroots and people focussed level.  This enabled us to give people options by providing different opportunities through a variety of workshops and events that offered information and tools for people to take away and use on their own wellbeing as well as supporting others.

Through it all our community has supported us and since the trust began our community has funded us through different fundraisers and donations with all funds received being returned to our wonderful Hawkes Bay community and we will be forever grateful for this.

Unfortunately, life continues to happen for us all, we are not immune to the impacts and challenges that come our way and as such, STAROS will cease operation on Wednesday 31st July.  This has not been an easy decision for us but we need to walk the talk and focus on our own health and wellbeing at this time.

Thank you to all those who have come along to our meetings, thank you for sharing your stories, your thoughts and allowing us to walk beside you, it has been a privilege, and we wish you all well with where life takes you. We will always be inexplicably linked by the losses we all share and you will always be in our thoughts and our hearts.

“For us our lives will never be the same and the pain may never go away.  As individuals we are all different, we all grieve in our own way and in our own time but collectively maybe we can help each other to lessen the pain and help the fog to clear.”

Thank you for all the connections we have made with the other incredible humans within our community that provide support and help for those in need, never underestimate how important each of you are.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and believed in us, in whatever way that has been, you have helped us to stand in this difficult space.

Now a word to the powers that be who are meant to look after this space, governments both present and future, and definitely those previously who just didn’t get it, services and organisations from far and wide who think we’ve been a ‘nice to have’ but are not that important, it’s now time to get your heads out of the sand, time to step up for what matters, and this isn’t about funding or contracts or your safe 9 to 5 Monday to Friday jobs, this is about what really matters, this is about people.

He aha te mea nui o te ao

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world

It is people, it is people, it is people


Our support groups will continue until Tuesday 30th July and we look forward to seeing whoever may turn up, the dates and venues are listed below.

  • 9th July – Hastings

  • 16th July – Napier

  • 23rd July – Havelock North

  • 30th July - Napier

Life will be forever filled with challenges so it’s important we look out for others and look after ourselves.  Connections, community and conversations can make a difference and every one of us has an opportunity every day to make a difference in someone’s life, you just have to care.

Much love to you all, kia kaha xx

In an emergency or you feel you or someone you know is at risk, please dial 111

Need to Talk? 1737 Free text or call anytime
Lifeline: Free Text HELP (4357)
Depression Helpline: Ph: 0800 111 757 Text 4202
Tautoko Suicide Crisis Helpline: Ph: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

For National organisation Mental Health Foundation information please head here


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