As Lifeline prepares for its busiest time of year, Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney CEO Veronica Macdonald is reminding community members it is completely normal to be feeling isolated, worried or unsettled this time of year, with increased pressures all around us.
From heightened financial pressures, increased family conflict, loneliness or grief, personal stressors can rise or become exacerbated throughout the holiday season.
To support people, Lifeline has developed an evidence-informed Holiday Guide that offers understanding, support and practical tips to get through the weeks ahead as healthily as possible.
Ms Macdonald said that while it was often depicted as a time of joy, celebration and togetherness, the holiday season could bring about a complex and intense mix of emotions for some people.
“The holidays can be especially difficult for those who have experienced a loss, are grieving or struggling with isolation,” she said.
“They can also exacerbate the intense loneliness many people feel.”
She said it was important that no one felt they had to face this holiday season alone.
“Please, if you feel you need support, reach out to someone you know or call Lifeline. Our Crisis Supporters will continue to be available on Lifeline’s 13 11 14 phone service as well as text and chat channels, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The new Holiday Guide contains strategies to better manage pressures from financial stress and loneliness through to general wellbeing. Tips range from changing traditions to creating shared music playlists and scheduling downtime for everyone.
“This informative Holiday Guide will give you tools to care for yourself and those you love. No matter where you are these holidays, please know Lifeline is here for you,” Ms Macdonald said.
If you, or someone you know are feeling overwhelmed, we encourage you to connect with Lifeline in the way you feel most comfortable.
• You can phone Lifeline to speak to a Crisis Supporter on 13 11 14 (24/7), text 0477 131 114 (24/7) or chat to Lifeline online at www.lifeline.org.au (24/7).
• Download the holiday support guides at lifeline.org.au/holidaysupport