Being a True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in your Community
Written By Michael Hempseed

This book is the result of 10 years of research. Too often we exclusively associate suicide with depression, Being A True Hero looks at the many causes of suicide, from depression, bullying, brain injuries, psychosis, lack of sleep, loneliness, failure and many more. Reviewers have said this book is equally helpful for the parent and a GP. The website,, has a number of free talks, sample chapters and other useful information about how you can help someone you are concerned about.

Copies are available in Paperback or Kindle on Amazon or on the book's website,




Ara Taiohi 

Ara Taiohi is the peak body for youth development in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We are a national membership-based organisation with over 1,000 personal and organisational members representing a diverse range of groups.


Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand (SYHPANZ) supports Doctors, Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals working within the Youth Health & Development scope of practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network

The New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network is a "charitable trust" who works alongside those that work with young people.  We provide advice, support, access to best practice resources and professional development in Mentoring.


The 298 Youth Health Centre provides FREE medical care and counselling services for those aged 10-24 years.

The Youth Hub

The Youth Hub is a collaboration of services and youth housing with opportunities for recreation, creation and entrepreneurship assisting young people aged 10-25 years to reach their full potential.

White Elephant Trust

White Elephant Trust creates opportunities for the rangatahi of Ōtautahi to do cool stuff and express their unique wairua. We do this by facilitating exciting, fun programmes and events in our space at Phillipstown Hub.


We provide support for rainbow young people in Ōtautahi Christchurch and the wider Waitaha Canterbury area.

Rainbow Youth

Supporting queer & gender diverse youth in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Mental Health Foundation

Provides free information and training, and advocate for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whānau and friends.

Adolescent Health Research Group

We aim to provide accurate, up-to-date information that contributes to improved health and wellbeing for all young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Canterbury Youth Workers Collective

Canterbury Youth Workers Collective consists of Youth Workers and youth services in the province of Canterbury, New Zealand, and has been an Incorporated Society since 1986 with a Charitable Trust status. We exist to support those who work with youth by providing professional development, networking opportunities, accountability and information and resource sharing.


The Strengthening the Youth Sector Project has been a collection of projects based around five themes. Founded upon the issues identified in a post-earthquake hui with the youth sector in September 2012, the project formed five working groups to target key areas of development for the youth sector, in order to meet the needs of young people.

Werry Workforce

Werry Workforce Whāraurau provides national training and workforce development within the child and adolescent mental health sector.