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In the lead up to the festive period local suicide prevention charity HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) are making themselves available around the clock to offer their support to local businesspeople and their employees in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges Shires.
HALT founder Jeremy Forbes said there is no doubt it has been an incredibly challenging year and HALT wants to do what they can to support those struggling to rebuild their businesses and lives in the wake of the lockdown closures.
HALT is offering free 15-20 minute sessions to meet with businesspeople and their staff to check in and talk about these issues, the importance of self care and the support services available locally should they be suffering depression, anxiety, financial hardship or other personal challenges.
“We aim to touch base, let people know that their community cares, there are lots of avenues to turn to for help and they are not alone,” he said.  See the Mail for the full story…

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.