CHART­ING A LIFE­LINE FOR ALL IN NEED

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

IN­SIDE this week’s edi­tion of the Whit­sun­day Times you’ll find a tide chart that is much more than just that – it’s a life­line.

Printed by lo­cal sui­cide preven­tion char­ity A Mile In Their Shoes, the tide chart in­cludes life-sav­ing phone num­bers while still pro­vid­ing a use­ful tool for nav­i­gat­ing the lo­cal tides.

“Speak­ing with lo­cals we have as­cer­tained that tide charts are the one thing that peo­ple never throw out,” A Mile In Their Shoes founder Jack Lumby said.

“They’re usu­ally kept in a prom­i­nent place, like stuck on your fridge or no­tice­board and that’s what we wanted, a piece of pa­per that ev­ery­one will see at least sev­eral times a day.”

In­cluded with the tide times are phone num­bers for sui­cide preven­tion ser­vices Life­line, Be­yond Blue, Sui­cide Call back, Men­sline and Whit­sun­day Men­tal Health and AODS.

The tide charts are also avail­able at any of the var­i­ous spon­sors’ busi­nesses ad­dress- es, in­clud­ing Shirt­front So­lu­tions, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World, Graphic House and Whit­sun­day Tran­sit, as well as the Whit­sun­day Times of­fice.

“In our re­gion we have many ‘or­phans’ liv­ing away from fam­ily and even those who do have fam­ily need an un­bi­ased friend to talk to in times of de­spair,” Mr Lumby said. “With the late wet sea­son, high un­em­ploy­ment, and post-fes­tive sea­son stress, talk­ing to some­one is more im­por­tant than ever.”

Photo: Kathryn Cy­gan / Whit­sun­day Times

ON THE FRIDGE: Whit­sun­day Times gen­eral man­ager Steve Jack­lin with editor Sharon Small­wood and A Mile In Their Shoes founder Jack Lumby.

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