Christmas is once again upon us and Grapevine Group is reminding the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday communities to keep an eye on mates and loved ones, and to do their bit by learning the 16 warning signs of suicide.

Grapevine president Debbie Knight is wishing for more to learn about what to look out for.

“It’s a good time to remind our communities that Christmas can be hard for some, and we can help our mates and family by learning the warning signs,” said Ms Knight.

“Anyone can participate in our new free safety toolbox talk called Suicide MythBusters.

“It’s as simple as carving out an hour to learn from one of our qualified trainers on the 16 signs that can be an indication someone is thinking about suicide.”

Suicide Mythbusters can be presented on-site at businesses, sporting clubs and community organisations.

This year, the Chamber of Commerce and Resource Industry Network are backing the group by endorsing the toolbox talk.
“We’re proud to be part of this worthy cause because prevention can save countless lives,” said Chamber of Commerce President Geoff O’Connor.

For Christmas this year, Dean Kirkwood, General Manager of Resource Industry Network wants us all to check in with friends, neighbours and loved ones.

“It is essential the community knows what to look out for and how to link people to help,” Mr Kirkwood said.

Strong supporter of the Christmas campaign Mayor Greg Williamson urges the community to support suicide prevention.

“As always, we want people to be safe and by keeping an eye on those around us, we can make Christmas that little bit better.”

Look out for the Christmas campaign which will appear on the Mackay Showgrounds digital billboard to encourage the community to learn the signs and book the quick Suicide Mythbusters one-hour course.

The talk is free and introduces suicide intervention by discussing the common fallacies and tips on how to help when someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts. Book a toolbox talk by emailing training@grapevinegroup.org.au.

To learn the 16 signs, download the Grapevine Group app, visit grapevinegroup.org.au or check out the group’s Facebook page where you will also find a list of local suicide prevention services.
Grapevine’s three-hour safeTALK program remains available for additional training.

To date, Grapevine has trained over 6000 people in suicide prevention in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions.

Below: Mayor Greg Williamson of Mackay Regional Council and Grapevine Group President Debbie Knight encourage the community to be suicide alert this Christmas.

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