Lifeline Australia would like to remind communities affected by the drought that if they or someone they know is in crisis or needs a confidential talk with someone who will listen without judgement, to please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hours / 7 days) or access our service through webchat at www.lifeline.org.au/get-help (7 – midnight / 7 days).
We also encourage people to download our drought tool kit which provides practical tips to assist those living in drought affected areas to care for themselves and those around them. Our tool kit is available on the Lifeline website: www.lifeline.org.au
Rachel Bowes, Executive Director Operations and Development, says it’s important to look out for each other and take notice of those around us:
“With the continuing heatwave, iis important to look out for each other and to learn to recognise the physical, psychological and behavioural indicators that different people display when faced with difficult situations. Once we notice a change in behaviour that doesn’t seem right, please start the conversation – one conversation can save a life.” Ms Bowes said.
The Lifeline drought tool kit aims to equip people with the knowledge and confidence they might need to start the conversation and points people in the right direction of where to find support. It is a reminder to the community that they are in the position to help their friends, loved ones and neighbours.
For 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp. If life is in immediate danger, call 000.
For guidelines on reporting suicide and mental health issues responsibly visit: http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-media