CELEBRATE: The picnic is an opportunity to socialise at Christmas time.
CELEBRATE: The picnic is an opportunity to socialise at Christmas time. Kevin Farmer

Celebrate Christmas in Kingaroy

DO YOU feel alone at Christmas time? This could be the event for you.

Centacare Community Connections is putting on a free Christmas Picnic for people who feel alone at Christmas or who don't like to celebrate Christmas.

Centacare Community Connections regional co-ordinator Erin Jeffs said the event was open to the whole community but targeted people who may be spending Christmas without their family and friends.

"There will be a visit from Santa, ice blocks, a sausage sizzle and Christmas treats like a rocky road and rum balls, that kind of thing," she said.

"It's a chance for people to get together and have some company in the week before Christmas for people that don't look forward to it for any reason."

The picnic is on Wednesday, December 21, from 10am-1pm at the St Mary's Parish grounds between Centacare Community Connections and the hall on Mary St, Kingaroy.

"We encourage everyone to come - the more the better," Mrs Jeffs said.

Mrs Jeffs said there would be Christmas carols and Kingaroy Dance Academy dancers putting on a Christmas performance, as well as plenty of games for children to play.

It's the first time Centacare has put on the Christmas event.

"Every year the suicide prevention group puts out fliers about surviving the season in the South Burnett and we thought what we could do this year was we could partner with that and make an event for those who might not celebrate for any reason," Mrs Jeffs said.

Bring a blanket to share or some chairs to sit on and there is no RSVP necessary, just turn up.

"We'd encourage everyone to come along. It's an opportunity to celebrate," she said.

Support available

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.

Men are four times more likely to die from suicide than women.

Beyond Blue support service expects up to 180,000 calls during this year's Christmas season.

Beyond Blue needs additional resources to answer all calls, web chats and emails to help people when they need it most.

You can help by making a donation to Beyond Blue at www.beyondblue.org.au.

If you need assistance, phone 24 hours a day to Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

You can also chat online via the Beyond Blue website.

To get in contact with the South Burnett Suicide Prevention Working Group, just head to its Facebook page.

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