Our support meetings provide a safe, non-judgemental space where people can talk about and share their experiences, thoughts and emotions and together we help each other manage the impact that suicide has had on our lives. People come when they feel they need to, there are no expectations to attend, it's a choice and making our own choices is important.
Support is what we provide, we walk beside people for as long as they need us and ultimately support is what every one of us can give. As individuals we all have an opportunity to support and walk beside those that need us which benefits our communities and enhances the wellbeing of the people in our communities.
Meetings are held across Hawke's Bay each Tuesday and run from 5:30pm - 7:00pm.
Locations and order of meetings are as below :
Please get in touch so we can chat first and provide venue details
Support Group update
Kia ora whanau
Our next support group will be held on Tuesday 4th April from 5:30pm at our Havelock North venue. Please call in to see us if you would like to talk and share over a cuppa.
Take some time for you to sit, to share, and to breathe. You all matter.
Much love x
The full schedule for the year appears below.
How our meetings started
In late 2011 two parents who had lost sons to suicide met and talked about the lack of support available for those bereaved by suicide. It was at this meeting that Teresa and Warren decided to form a support group and in March 2012 the first support group meeting was held in Hastings.
Originally run in two 6-week blocks with a short break between they then felt people would benefit from ongoing weekly meetings so the group has been held weekly since June 2012.
Nine years later the support group still runs with meetings now held on alternate weeks at venues in Havelock North, Hastings and Napier.
Please get in touch to find out more about our meetings. If you would like to donate to STAROS please head here
Social Media Group Support
We have available information on online support communities across Aotearoa New Zealand. Please make contact with us and we can pass this information on to you, based on what you may need.
We are all a piece of the puzzle and just as each piece of that puzzle relies on its neighbour to complete the big picture we can all play a part, we can all make a difference.
"He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is people, it is people, it is people"
Support Group Meetings
This is the schedule for our support group meetings for 2023. Our meetings are held on alternate weeks at one of our three venues. If you would like to come along to a meeting please contact us for more details.
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: https://www.lifeline.org.nz/ Ph: 0800 543 354
- Depression Helpline: https://depression.org.nz 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