IMPORTANT TALK: Southern Downs Suicide Prevention Group directors Ann and Johno Felton at the recent R U OK? Day event in Warwick.
IMPORTANT TALK: Southern Downs Suicide Prevention Group directors Ann and Johno Felton at the recent R U OK? Day event in Warwick. Molly Glassey

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SOUTHERN Downs Suicide Prevention Group and Headspace have been continuing to help residents on the Southern Downs as they bring their program to Stanthorpe.

The suicide prevention and healing support group morning tea is part of R U OK? Day and encourages people to talk about issues they may be facing.

The day will be held on Wednesday, October 26 from 9am at the Stanthorpe Seniors Centre in the council building (on Lock and Marsh Sts).

Director Johno Felton said they wanted to bring the event to Stanthorpe to remind residents that help is available.

"The reason we're coming to the Stanthorpe area is mainly for people who are worried about their loved ones and how they can go about helping them,” Mr Felton said.

The round-robin style of visits came after a number of deaths around the region.

"We decided that we wanted to do something to help the shire,” Mr Felton said.

He said the morning tea would focus on suicide prevention, helping family members to cope with the loss of a loved one.

A police representative will be present to talk about domestic violence.

"We're helping people talk about it more,” Mr Felton said.

He said the group would also work through relaxation techniques.

"(We go through) relaxation, breathing, walk, teaching them to relax with yoga,” Mr Felton said.

Southern Downs Suicide Prevention Group has taken the morning tea around the region and Mr Felton said they have had great results.

"We've had parents... come back and thank us,” he said.

"We have had people come up and swear that we've saved their lives.”

Mr Felton encouraged everyone to attend the day.

"Any age group, anyone is able to come along,” he said.

"We have a couple of people that come around now with us because of how much we helped them, some people get a lot out of it.”

For more information on the day, phone directors Johno and Ann Felton on 46618679.

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