Loneliness and Anxiety Over Christmas
It’s not uncommon for people to reach out at this time of year – Christmas can be a stressful and lonely time for many, especially those who may not have strong connections to their family or community.
Research from Relationships Australia shows the festive period is a peak time for people to experience anxiety and depression, particularly those who are recently separated, grieving or socially isolated.
An estimated 60 per cent of Australians struggle with loneliness, and the festive period can bring up these feelings in full force. Remember others who may not be as fortunate as you, if you know someone will be alone during this time, consider extending a seat at the table for them.
Stress is another feeling many people experience during this time, with the pressure to spend considerable amounts of money on gifts, shopping at busy outlets, so many end of year celebrations etc. Self-care is especially important at this time of the year – maybe the best gift you can give, is some time for rest – so that you can present your best self to your family and friends.
No one likes a Christmas Grinch! Find ways to speak productively and patiently to your children. Can you make Christmas preparation a family affair, where everyone chips in? If your children are being too hyper, perhaps check their sugar intake for a day or two.
Focus on what’s important and on the purpose of this time of the year. It’s a time for giving, love and rest. Find a moment to simply slow down and breathe.
If you need assistance during this time – these are the services that can help you:
Don’t forget – 24 hour services are available regardless of public holidays!
1800 Respect (Sexual assault and domestic violence line) 1800 737 732
Life Line (Suicide prevention and support) 13 11 14
Child Abuse Report Line 13 14 78
Police Attendance 13 444
Men’s Line 1300 789 978
Gambling Help Line 1800 858 858
Mental Health Triage 12 14 65
Aboriginal Family violence gateway (Women and Children) 1300 782 200
Trace a place SYC servicing homeless young people aged 15 to 25 years 1800 807 364 Closed on the public holidays
Adelaide DV crisis and Accommodation Service (Women and children escaping violence) 8379 7223
CALD domestic violence service gateway 8346 94 17
St Vincent De Paul Assistance line- Need to call before 12pm Friday 21st for volunteer support over the break
Freds Van check website for locations here
All major churches will be open for all public to attend
Salvation Army services in the city will be closed from 21 December to 2 January 2019
Hutt Street Centre is open on the following days:
24 December 7am to 1pm meals and day centre
25th December 7am to 1pm meals and day care
Wednesday 26th 7am to 9am only
Closed New Year’s Day
For adult men only who are homeless