Some of us will need a Lifeline this Christmas
TOWNSVILLE Lifeline councillors are braced for a busy Christmas as calls for help continue to rise.
Lifeline counselling coordinator Rachael Thorne said over the past two weeks calls had increased dramatically with many people suffering from depression or relationship breakdowns.
‘‘With Christmas it is suppose to be a joyous time. However it is also a time when people need help because they have lost a family member or a relationship has ended,’’ Ms Thorne said.
She said many people had preconceived ideas of a perfect Christmas, with family and friends and happiness, but when circumstances changed people needed someone to talk to.
According to Townsville Lifeline the majority of calls were from females, however the number of male calls had increased by 30 per cent.
‘‘In a way it’s good to see that an increase of men have called and there isn’t that whole conception that men don’t ask for help.’’
Ms Thorne said Lifeline would soon be seeking more people to get involved as telephone counsellors.
‘‘It’s totally anonymous, you take the time to listen, help and you save lives.
‘‘It’s something for the caring and nonjudgemental. You have to walk in the caller’s shoes and help them find their way and guide them in the right direction.’’
Ms Thorne said half the councillors at Lifeline had been working at Lifeline for over 10 years.
‘‘One councillor has been working for 28 years.
‘‘It’s something they all like doing and they find it very empowering and satisfying.
Ms Thorne said Lifeline offered two counselling training courses in March next year.