of a man if you walk away from a fight, but sometimes Blake would stand up to try to protect people."
with an unimaginable pain.
If you think someone may be suicidal, ask them – it could save their life. Asking about suicide will not put the thought in their head. Ask them directly about their thoughts of suicide and what they're planning. If they have a specific plan, they need help right away. Ask them if they'd like to talk about what's going on with you or someone else. They might not want to open up straight away, but letting them know you're there for them is a big help. Listen and don't judge. Take them seriously and let them know you care. Help them to find and access the support they need from people they trust – friends, family, kauma¯tua, religious/community/cultural leaders or professionals. Don't leave them alone – make sure someone stays with them until they get help. Support them to access professional help, like a doctor or counsellor, as soon as possible. Offer to help them make an appointment and go with them if you can. If they don't get the help they need the first time, keep trying. If someone is at immediate risk, call 111. For more advice, visit mentalhealth.org.nz.
Source: Mental Health Foundation
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If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health, text or call 1737 any time, day or night. For Lifeline, call 0800 543 354 or text 4357. For the Suicide Crisis Hotline, phone 0508 TAUTOKO. In an emergency, always dial 111.