THE Lifeline WA Christmas tree has a new home – Yagan Square.
Lights for Lifeline 2018 will be launched at the tree’s new home tonight to raise money for more Telephone Crisis Support volunteers to meet demand.
The 15.5m tree adorned with 9500 baubles has more than 46,000 lights representing the number of West Australians who called 13 11 14 over the past 12 months.
Lifeline WA chief executive Lorna MacGregor said Lights for Lifeline reminded people that no one should feel alone this Christmas.
“For many people, the festive season can be a very stressful time, when financial pressures, family problems and alcohol and drug issues can be exacerbated,” she said.
“For others, they will be facing their first Christmas after losing a loved one, which can be particularly difficult.
“We find that at this time of year, the demand for our services increases as people seek assistance to cope with these pressures.
“We would encourage anyone who is having a personal crisis or suicidal thoughts to call our telephone crisis centre.
“We will be there every day of the festive season, including Christmas Day.”