Chuckles brings joy for Louise

Latrobe Valley Express 
By: Bryce Eishold
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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Eight months after Harold the alpaca was mauled to death his owner Louise Lazarus has spoken for the first time since losing her loveable larrikin.

Ms Lazarus, 57, has shared her story in an attempt to raise the profile on mental health and hopes her journey, after losing her son, Corey, to suicide and living with post traumatic stress disorder will inspire people to keep on keeping on.

Harold, a mascot for mental health, was well known for his role with Lifeline Gippsland – used as an ice breaker of sorts to promote mental health awareness with locals and to brighten their day.

He had many trips to nursing homes and school, and was often spotted walking the streets with Lifeline Gippsland volunteers promoting 'It's OK to not be OK'.

After his death, Ms Lazarus went into shock and admits it has been a "pretty dark place" since but she is determined to return as an advocate for mental health awareness with newly-adopted 12-month-old Chuckles.

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