RE: Tough Christ­mas looms af­ter dev­as­tat­ing blaze - The sim­plest thing such as an over­load of Christ­mas lights or faulty power point could have set the fire. At the end of the day, the only ones really hurt­ing and miss­ing out are her kid­dies who now have

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FEEDBACK -

– SOMMERMAREE pres­sure. Par­ents are key in help­ing young peo­ple to get sup­port, so know­ing the signs and symp­toms some­thing might be wrong and then how to get help is vi­tal.

Notic­ing changes and signs that some­thing isn’t right is a good first step. You may no­tice they with­draw, and stop do­ing things they usu­ally enjoy.

There is help avail­able. Headspace, the na­tional youth men­tal health foun­da­tion, pro­vides sup­port for peo­ple hav­ing a tough time. CHRIS TANTI,

Headspace chief ex­ec­u­tive ev­ery­one to con­sider vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple by do­nat­ing or vol­un­teer­ing with a char­ity that helps the less for­tu­nate.

Christ­mas is a very lonely and sad time for those strug­gling with home­less­ness, men­tal ill­ness and so­cial iso­la­tion.

To­gether, we can help cre­ate a sense of be­long­ing for th­ese young peo­ple and help turn their lives around. FA­THER CHRIS RI­LEY, Youth Off the Streets

chief ex­ec­u­tive

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