STAROS was started in March 2012 by two parents, Warren and Teresa, who were brought together through circumstances as both had lost sons to suicide. Warren's son Stuart died in June 2009 and Teresa's son Ryan died in December 2009, Stu was 25 and Ryan 16.
When they met there was nothing in Hawke's Bay to support people affected by suicide so they decided to start the group. STAROS is an acronym based on their sons (Stu and Ryan our sons) and is a legacy run in their memory by two parents wanting to support others through what is an unimaginable grief.
When Teresa moved to Australia in 2013 Sandra stepped in to help with the group. Sandra lost her father Alister to suicide in March 1997 and attended one of the first group sessions.

Please contact us for more details about our support group locations and times.


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