Supporting young people through the grief of suicide is the aim of a Dunedin author.
Nikki Cockburn (33) said she was raising funds for the third print run of her self-published book Through the Other Side, which tells of dealing with the aftermath of the death of her partner at age 19.
Suicide and mental health issues were still treated as a “taboo” subject by many schools, but she knew young people were desperate to be able to discuss it, rather than ignore it.
After the death of a Kaikorai Valley teenager late last year, many school pupils had contacted her for support and asking how they could get a copy of the book, Miss Cockburn said. Unfortunately, they had run out.
She said the book explored the guilt and grief of people in the aftermath of a suicide and was as much a support to those grieving as it was to those who may have been contemplating suicide.
“In a split second you can make a decision that you can’t take back,” she said.
She hoped the third printing, which would cost about $5000, meant she could give copies to all 368 high schools around the country, as well as have others to give away to school pupils that needed them.
The books would also be available for the public to buy, she said.
The first two print runs had been successful, and many people had contacted her to say thank you and share their own stories.
To support the print run of Through The Other Side, search “Nikki’s Book Run” on Givealittle. There is also a quiz night on March 7, at the Mosgiel RSA, at 7pm. Tickets are $10 per person. Email email@example.com to register.
Where to get help
Lifeline: 0800 543-354
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828-865
Youthline: 0800 376-633
Kidsline: 0800 543-754
Whatsup: 0800 942-8787 (1pm-11pm)
Depression helpline: 0800 111-757
If it is an emergency and you feel you or someone else is at risk, call 111