Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury’s CEO, Wendy Carver, has warned that for many people in our community, the build-up to Christmas brings anxiety about family relationships, about money and gift-giving, or about being alone at Christmas time.
“Whether the festivities bring on suicidal feelings, whether there’s the anxiety of anticipating difficult family situations or whether it’s having no one to celebrate with, anyone needing to talk or share their distress will find a person who cares, who will listen, if they call Lifeline on 13 11 14.”
“Our phones are answered literally 24/7, including Christmas eve and Christmas Day,” she said. “The lead-in to Christmas is often the busiest time for our volunteer telephone crisis supporters, who’ll be working around the clock.”
Starting in February, Lifeline H2H will again be running a number of support groups, including one for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder and/or depression, a group for people bereaved by suicide and a problem gambling support group. A first will be a support group for family members or carers of people with Hoarding Disorder. More on our Support Groups here.