Looking after yourself at Christmas!
The Christmas season is meant to be a time of joy, but for many people it can be a time of stress, anxiety, disappointment or loneliness. Christmas comes with high expectations of perfect, happy families enjoying luxurious celebrations and gifts, but not all of us are able to live up to these ideals. However, many people experience feelings of isolation,
financial pressures or increased family conflict that can make this a very stressful time of year.
If you need to talk to someone here are a few numbers that are free to call:
Domestic Violence Line: if you are currently experiencing domestic and family violence, call for support including AVOs and help with finding accommodation: 1800 67 14 42 (24/7)
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling for anyone – women and men – in Australia who has experienced or is at risk of sexual
assault, family or domestic violence and their non offending supporters. 1800 424 017
Lifeline crisis support and referrals for the cost of a local call: 13 11 14 (24/7)
Beyond Blue: Call any time of the day or night – select from the voice menu or simply hold on the line to talk with a trained mental health professional. 1300 22 46 36
Link2Home: call if you are homeless or at risk of homelessness: 1800 152 152
Parentline: online information and a support phone line for parents: 1300 130 052
Kids Helpline: telephone, email and online counselling for kids, teens and young people: 1800 551 800 (24/7)
Blue Knot Helpline: for anyone who has experienced childhood trauma including neglect and abuse: 1300 657 380 (daytime).
In an emergency call 000 and ask for police, fire or ambulance.