Life­line for those who feel alone

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

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).

Kather­ine Houareau

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