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When Christmas Isn’t So Merry

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.

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!

Life Line (Suicide prevention and support) 13 11 14

St Vincent De Paul Assistance line- 1300 729 202 (Mon-Fri 9-1)

Mental Health Triage 13 14 65

Police Attendance 131 444

Gambling Help Line 1800 858 858

Men’s Line 1300 789 978

Child Abuse Report Line 13 14 78

1800 Respect (Sexual assault and domestic violence line) 1800 737 732

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)

Alcohol and Drug service – 1300 131 340

Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636

Crisis Care (SA) – 13 16 11

Domestic Violence Crisis Service – 1300 782 200 or 1800 800 098

Emergency Accommodation Services (SA) –1800 003 308

Family Drug Support – 1300 368 186

Family Relationship Advice Line – 1800 050 321

Health Direct Helpline – 1800 022 222

Kids Helpline –1800 551 800

Legal Helpline – 1300 366 424

Mensline – 1300 789 978

Mental Health Crisis Service (SA) – 13 14 65

Suicide call back line – 1300 659 467

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