Why it's important to start a conversation with loved ones this holiday season

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In the lead-up to the holiday season, Australian mental health and suicide prevention organisations are encouraging everyone to play an active role in suicide prevention through theĀ #YouCanTalk campaign.

In the lead-up to the holiday season, Australian mental health and suicide prevention organisations are encouraging everyone to play an active role in suicide prevention through the #YouCanTalk campaign.

The holiday period can be a difficult time for many people, and feelings of loneliness and isolation are common. That's why #YouCanTalk calls on all Australians to start a conversation with loved ones about their mental health and possible thoughts of suicide. 

While it can be difficult to talk about suicide, research shows anyone can have a positive influence on a friend, family member, work colleague or neighbour they are worried about by starting a conversation and supporting them to seek help.

The Life in Mind website has some great tips on what you can do if you're worried about someone.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (the Collaborative) also has some great videos and resources encouraging people to start a conversation with loved ones.

Find out more on the Collaborative's 'Spread the word' page - and don't forget to share the videos and resources with the hashtag #YouCanTalk!