- By Sarah McKenzie
- 20 December 2018
Christmas can be a challenging time for some people. That's why it's important to check in with family and friends, and see how they're going.
Regional manager of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative, Dr Alex Hains, says that reaching out to a loved one could be as simple as a quick phone call.
"It’s really important that we all actively reach out to those who might feel lonely over the holiday period, even if it's just to let them know we’re thinking of them and hoping they’re well. That could make all the difference.”
Suicide rates in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region remain higher than the state average, with around 40 to 60 suicide deaths each year over the past decade, according to figures released by the Collaborative earlier this year.
If you see someone who is struggling, make sure you know what to do. Sign up for free Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training here: www.suicidepreventioncollaborative.org.au/QPR
If you or someone you know needs support, see this list of helplines:
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