Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott is encouraging the community to stay connected to loved ones as part of this year’s Missing Persons Week.
National Missing Persons Week 2016 runs from 31 July – 6 August and aims to reduce the incidence and impact of missing persons in Australia.
Mr Elliott the week is a reminder that for each missing person, 12 people are affected in some way, be it emotionally, physically, psychologically or financially.
“The stress of a missing loved one and living with the unknown has a huge impact on friends and family members. It can affect everything from their health and wellbeing, to work responsibilities, and of course is very emotionally tiring,” Mr Elliott said.
“Anyone who is struggling in anyway because someone in their life is missing should not hesitate to reach out for support.
“If you have concerns or information about a missing person I urge you to follow your instincts and contact the police.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said Missing Persons Week is also a reminder of the tireless work emergency services personnel do to find answers and reunite families.
“I want the community to remember there is no minimum time frame to wait before contacting NSW Police with a missing persons report,” Mr Grant said.
“If you have fears for the welfare of anyone please don’t hesitate to contact the police as all information can be crucial to an investigation.”
Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said the NSW Government funds the only specialist counselling and support unit for families and friends of missing people in the country.
“The Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit works collaboratively with search agencies to provide support in what can be a very traumatic experience,” Ms Upton said.
“Our unique unit offers free and confidential counselling, practical guides and organises support groups and events to help those experiencing the loss of a missing person.”
For more information on National Missing Persons Week go to: www.missingpersons.gov.au
To find out more about the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit go to www.missingpersons.justice.nsw.gov.au