Lifeline for those who feel alone
FOR Katherine Houareau, the lead-up to Christmas has become a time to connect, laugh, reflect and start to look forward to what the new year brings.
But this wasn’t always the case for the 48-year-old Hocking resident, who previously found the season difficult and stressful.
Ms Houareau attempted suicide several times between the ages of 19 and 40 but managed to turn her life around with the support of Lifeline WA, her dad and close friends.
The support motivated her to become an ambassador for the Lights for Lifeline campaign to raise awareness of suicide prevention and spread the message that no one should feel alone over the Christmas period.
“I’ve learned to reach out to people that I can relate to, who I trust and who have a good understanding of wellbeing, facing the challenges in life and reflecting in a safe way,” she said. “It’s important to remember you are not alone and focus on the positives of what your partner, kids, family or friends bring to your life such as joy, laughter, love and beautiful memories.”
Lifeline WA chief executive Lorna MacGregor said the campaign also raised money to fund expansion of the WA crisis call centre.
As a Lights for Lifeline ambassador, Ms Houareau will attend events and help decorate WA’s biggest Christmas tree in Yagan Square from November 7.
To donate, visit www.lifelinewa.org.au/Donations. Need help? Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24hrs).