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Lean on Me concert in Te Araroa.

Lean on Me concert in Te Araroa.

OPENING UP ABOUT SUICIDE: Haley Grace Hollis, left, with Kadesh Pati. Haley has lost four siblings to suicide and will be one of the performers at the Lean On Me concert in Te Araroa tomorrow. Picture supplied

Tomorrow’s Lean on Me concert aims to take the conversation about suicide from behind closed doors, and put it into an open air environment.

It is the fourth year in a row the event has been held and Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu says they know it makes a difference.

After the first concert in 2013, 80 people stayed behind to speak with people who were there to support and advise.

“The significance of that to us was huge, and that justified to us to keep the concert going.”

Intervention and prevention were so important and a great way to start a positive conversation about suicide, he said.

Lean on Me is on tomorrow from 11am to 6pm, at Hinerupe Marae on Paikea Street in Te Araroa.

This year’s headline act is local band East Coast Breevas. It will be a huge day full of family entertainment with Harley Davidson rides, bouncy castles, pony rides, face painting, ta moko artists, romiromi healing sessions and stacks of food and information stalls.

There will also be guest speakers, including Mike King and his team, and strong support from the RATS riders (Riders Against Teen Suicide) who will come from all around the North Island, with a contingent from Gisborne and Wairoa.

Mr Ngarimu said the concert was all about getting awareness into the community about suicide.

It came about after a whanau member lost one a loved one to suicide.

“They found themselves struggling to cope.

“One of the main issues they felt was that no one wanted to talk about suicide.

“There was no one who they could talk with to help them.”

Tomorrow, agencies to support anyone who wants to talk after the concert, or during it, about depression and how it can lead to suicidal thoughts include Te Kupenga Net Trust, Te Hiringa Matua, Te Kuwatawata, Te Aratika Gambling Trust and Ngati Porou Hauora.

Haley Grace-Hollis will also perform a song she composed after losing four of her siblings to suicide.

Tomorrow’s Lean on Me concert aims to take the conversation about suicide from behind closed doors, and put it into an open air environment.

It is the fourth year in a row the event has been held and Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu says they know it makes a difference.

After the first concert in 2013, 80 people stayed behind to speak with people who were there to support and advise.

“The significance of that to us was huge, and that justified to us to keep the concert going.”

Intervention and prevention were so important and a great way to start a positive conversation about suicide, he said.

Lean on Me is on tomorrow from 11am to 6pm, at Hinerupe Marae on Paikea Street in Te Araroa.

This year’s headline act is local band East Coast Breevas. It will be a huge day full of family entertainment with Harley Davidson rides, bouncy castles, pony rides, face painting, ta moko artists, romiromi healing sessions and stacks of food and information stalls.

There will also be guest speakers, including Mike King and his team, and strong support from the RATS riders (Riders Against Teen Suicide) who will come from all around the North Island, with a contingent from Gisborne and Wairoa.

Mr Ngarimu said the concert was all about getting awareness into the community about suicide.

It came about after a whanau member lost one a loved one to suicide.

“They found themselves struggling to cope.

“One of the main issues they felt was that no one wanted to talk about suicide.

“There was no one who they could talk with to help them.”

Tomorrow, agencies to support anyone who wants to talk after the concert, or during it, about depression and how it can lead to suicidal thoughts include Te Kupenga Net Trust, Te Hiringa Matua, Te Kuwatawata, Te Aratika Gambling Trust and Ngati Porou Hauora.

Haley Grace-Hollis will also perform a song she composed after losing four of her siblings to suicide.

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