A suicide prevention researcher is urging people to take care of one another and look out for those doing it tough over the Christmas holiday period.
For many the Christmas period is a time of happiness and joy, but for others it can also be one of the hardest times of the year.
Coordinator of the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project Gerry Georgatos says by the end of this year Australia will record a suicide toll over 3200 with First Nations remaining a higher suicide risk.
Speaking to CAAMA Radio Mr Georgatos said Christmas/New Year is an elevated risk period and it’s important to support one another however we can.
Over the holiday period the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project will be supporting affected families where possible.
Other National services such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue will also be operating during this time .