• Loddon Herald

Lifeline for holidays

There are many benefits to having a locally based crisis support hotline, one such benefit is that over the holidays local volunteers are still generously giving their time to support those in need via the 13 11 14 hotline.

This Christmas period, almost all the 70 volunteers who answer calls at the Bendigo call centre will continue to be on deck offering mental health support every day, including the public holidays.

As the community moves into a post pandemic world, crisis support within the community has

never been needed more. Having answered 1,703 calls in November alone for the Loddon

Mallee regions, Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee know how vital being there is, now more than ever!

Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee, Executive Officer Lisa Renato is so grateful to those

volunteers who have put their hand up to take on additional shifts during the holidays to help

people in need. Without the kindness and generosity of our volunteers, there would be people who would go without the support they need, when they need it most.

This year, Lifeline are shining a light on mental health. The holiday season can be challenging.

People can download your free Lifeline Wellness Guide so they can support themselves and the ones you love they holidays, by visiting the Lifeline website.

Historically Lifeline has seen a significant increase in people feeling distressed, anxious, and in need of support during the holidays.

The modelling indicates that combined with COVID this holiday season could see a heightened need over those traditional days of celebration, specifically Christmas Eve and Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve and Day.

Lifeline Central Victoria & Mallee are always looking for people who show deep self-awareness, compassion, and respect to join their team of dedicated volunteers. Interested people can email admin@lifelinecvm.org.au

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