With the festive season upon us, it’s easy to get caught up in the parties and gift giving, but this year spare a thought for the thousands of Queenslanders who will be doing it tough this Christmas.

After a year of unprecedented natural disasters including floods, drought and bushfires, a large number of Queenslanders have either been left homeless, without income or struggling.

At the same time, thousands more continue to deal with family & relationship problems, financial problems, loneliness & isolation, domestic and family violence, substance abuse and addiction, mental health issues and generalised stress.

At Christmas and throughout the year, Lifeline Queensland continues to offer support to all Queenslanders no matter what the crisis, providing information, assistance and crisis support.  It is committed to saving lives and bringing hope to all.

Next Thursday, 5 December, is Lifeline Giving Day, a day dedicated to raising money to fund Lifeline’s 24-hour 13 11 14 Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention line.

Lifeline Queensland Manager Lee-Anne Borham said without the generosity of the Queensland community, Lifeline couldn’t provide this necessary service.

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“Suicide continues to kill more than 3,000 Australians each year with a further 65,300 Australians attempting suicide in that time,” Ms Borham said.

“Every dollar donated to Lifeline can help to save a life,” said Ms Borham.

“$39 donated can help answer a 13 11 14 call for help. $50 can help extend our online 24/7 chat services.  $100 can help bring psychological aid to communities dealing with bushfires, drought and floods and $12,000 can sponsor a Lifeline Crisis Support Volunteer to help train and support someone to save lives,” she said.

“Last year, we had over 170,000 contacts to Lifeline Queensland from people needing crisis support and suicide prevention services.

“With the help of Queenslanders, we could answer 30,000 more contacts and ensure people are given the support they need,” she said.

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“We urge all Queenslanders to support their community at this important time.”

To donate, people can either go to lifelinegivingday.com.au, call 1800 961 881 or pop into their local Lifeline store.

If you need immediate support, call Lifeline Queensland on 13 11 14.