Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Christ­mas. It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year. Well, no. Not for ev­ery­one.

Na­tional men­tal health or­gan­i­sa­tion SANE Aus­tralia is urg­ing any­one strug­gling with men­tal health con­cerns to seek sup­port dur­ing this of­ten-tough time of year.

You can’t snap out of men­tal ill­ness for Christ­mas. There is an ex­pec­ta­tion to feel joy­ful this time of year, but not ev­ery­one does

Christ­mas can be a dif­fi­cult time of

year for peo­ple af­fected by men­tal ill­ness for many rea­sons.

Peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness are par­tic­u­larly prone to feel­ing iso­lated.

Feel­ings of lone­li­ness can oc­cur even when sur­rounded by groups of peo­ple.

If you have men­tal health con­cerns, you’re not alone. One in five Aus­tralians live with men­tal ill­ness each year and only 35 per cent of peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal ill­ness symp­toms seek help from health ser­vices.

There are places you can find men­tal health sup­port, even on Christ­mas Day which can be a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult day.

Visit www.sane­fo­rums.org for sup­port with men­tal health is­sues this hol­i­day sea­son.

Men­tal health ser­vices op­er­at­ing 24/7 over the hol­i­day sea­son

· SANE Aus­tralia On­line Fo­rums – www.sane­fo­rums.org · Life­line 13 11 14 · Sui­cide Call Back Line 1800 659 467 · BeyondBlue 1300 224 636 · Mensline 1300 789 978 · Kid­sHelpline 1800 551 800

Suzanne Leckie, SANE cen­tre man­ager

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