Manawa app

Manawa is a suicide safety plan app for users to create their own survival plan to know what to do when things feel really bad. 

Manawa app By Counties Manukau District Health Board


  • Personal safety plan.
  • Ways of identifying internal coping strategies.
  • Provision for adding social contacts and supporters.
  • Helplines. 

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Country of origin New Zealand
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? No
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What does the app do?

Manawa app is a survival plan app to help users make their own plan to manage and reduce suicidal feelings and stay safe when these feelings emerge. ‘Manawa’ symbolises having hope in your heart, it's the driving force behind why you are putting this plan together.

The survival plan covers the following 7 areas:

  • Recognising warning signs.
  • My reasons to live.
  • Keeping safe – reducing potential for use of lethal means.
  • What can I do by myself – using internal coping strategies (without contacting another person).
  • Who can I connect with – socialising with others as a way of distraction.
  • My supporters – contacting whānau members, friends or professionals to help resolve crisis.
  • Helplines.

This app is based on the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and Ministry of Health booklet, “Having suicidal thoughts and finding a way back(external link)”.

For the complete app description, go to Google Play(external link), App Store(external link) or, for a more detailed review, see Reviews.

Related topics

Self-harm prevention apps
Mental health and wellbeing apps
Consumer guide: how to choose a health app
Clinicians guide: how to choose a health app
New Zealand-based apps
NZ Health App Library

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If you need help or want to talk to somebody about your mental health, you can get support from any of the following:

  • Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
  • Lifeline 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
  • Healthline 0800 611 116
  • Samaritans 0800 726 666.

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