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THE STAND AGAINST BULLYING, DEPRESSION & SUICIDE
• Mental health advocate
• Former champion kickboxer
• Radio personality
WHEN: Saturday February 11, 2017
WHERE: Journey Church, 10 Sheridan St, Te Kuiti
TO REGISTER: Contact Te Kuiti Family Whanau Ora Centre
07 878 3680 or online number 12 Evolvetkyouth facebook page
FREE ENTRY • ALL WELCOME Rangatahi (youth) and Whanau (adults)
• Operates - Breakthrough
• Advocate for
TE HAMUA NIKORA... THC
The Te Haati Coastie
• Public speaker
• Comedian • TV presenter
A WAITOMO NEWS special feature
“WE need to talk.”
That’s the message from Taumarunui Com-
munity Kokiri Trust (TCKT) chief executive
Christine Brears and Depression.org.nz advocate
Jamie Downes about suicide.
To get the conversation started, Christine with
support from Te Puni Kokiri, is hosting a com-
munity event called Break the Cycle – The Stand
against Bullying, Depression and Suicide – which
aims to remove the stigma that surrounds suicide.
To be held at the Journey Church in Te Kuiti on
Saturday (February 11), the event features three
guest speakers, Mr Downes, former champion
kickboxer Richie Hardcore and singer/song-
writer, comedian and TV presenter Te Hamua
The trio will each share their journey through
depression and provide useful tools for others to
overcome personal struggles.
Christine hopes by shining a light on the taboo
subject, more people will open up about their is-
sues and ultimately choose life over death.
“As an organisation, the betterment and health
of our whanau is key,” she says.
“However, there are certain issues prevalent
among our whanau today that impact more on
their wellbeing as opposed to others.
“One of those issues that has been taking its
toll is suicide.
“In New Zealand there are more than 500
suicides every year [579 in 2016].
“A great number of those deaths are Maori and
a high percentage are rangatahi.
“So we decided that we need to bring this issue
to the forefront and try to do something about it.”
Christine says TCKT operates in the Waitomo
and Ruapehu districts using a holistic approach
to health and wellbeing.
“ The whole idea behind the event is to create
an awareness that this doesn’t need to happen.
“It’s a kind of intervention that will provide
tools for whanau to be able to work with and
perhaps prevent suicide issues from happening.
“So this is a plea to our community to embrace
this kaupapa and save our rangatahi.”
Jamie, who is from Taumarunui, says the kau-
papa of Break the Cycle is “forward focus towards
freedom” rather than “fear focus towards failure”.
“I was diagnosed as clinically blind in 2009 so
I was ready to take my life,” he says.
“Then I got an opportunity to get a rare cornea
transplant but it still only had a 50/50 percent
success rate. That’s when I said to God, to Atua,
to whoever – ‘if you do this for me I will dedicate
my life to helping people find their own hope,
peace and freedom’.”
The operation was successful and today Jamie
has 20/20 vision not only with his eyesight but
with leading people through dark times.
“Bullying is a seed that grows into a tree of de-
pression and produces suicide as its fruit,” he says.
“So if we can deal with the seed at the very
TAUMARUNUI Community Kokiri Trust chief executive Christine Brears (left) and Depression.
org.nz advocate Jamie Downes are on a mission to raise awareness around suicide.
beginning we can help that tree grow new fruit.
“And that’s what people are going to receive
from this – positive tools and solutions from
the speakers who are there to speak with you
not to you.”
Both Christine and Jamie invite everyone to
attend the event and join in their goal to break
the cycle around bullying, depression and suicide.
For more information about Break the Cycle –
The Stand against Bullying, Depression and Suicide
see the advertisement below.
Time to shine a light
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