WHERE TO TURN TO FOR HELP AT CHRISTMAS
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