State Member for Redlands Mr Peter Dowling said that over the Christmas/Festive season it is important to remember that for many people it a very stressful time, with financial or personal pressures coming to the forefront.
Mr Dowling said, “This time of year can be quite an emotional time for many in the community and I encourage those in the Redlands to reach out to others who might need assistance in any way. Assistance doesn’t need to be monetary but offering your time to those that could do with some company, donating blood to the Red Cross Blood Bank or volunteering your services to a local Charity, Meals on Wheels or Church group.”
The RUOK campaign is also another way to connect with others. It’s so simple to ask a friend, a family member or work colleague ‘RUOK’. In the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change, or even save a life. We can all make a difference to those who may need help and we can also make a big difference by supporting those charities that work tirelessly to assist the community.”
The RUOK website has crucial information on staying connected with others for general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.
If you notice any changes in the behaviour of someone you care about, be there to offer support. If they don’t seem to be coping, help the person to see a GP or other health professional. For urgent assistance or for further information please visit the BeyondBlue website visit call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (local call).