A BEAUTIFUL, 15-metre Christmas tree looms over Elizabeth Quay, bringing joy to visitors to Perth’s new entertainment precinct.

But it’s also a reminder that for many people, the festive season can be a time of increased anxiety, depression and loneliness.

The tree was decorated with thousands of sparkling lights by Lifeline WA to represent the people who called its telephone crisis support line in the last year, and they’ve called for Perth people to share their own Christmas trees online in support.

Lifeline WA CEO Lorna McGregor said their services were under increasing demand and they’re really in need of donations.

“We encourage everyone to visit our special tree this Christmas, and get behind the campaign by decorating their own homes and trees and donating to help Lifeline WA answer calls to 13 11 14,” Ms McGregor said.

People can dedicate their own Chrissie decoration to the campaign by sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #shinealightforlife and making a donation at

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