The festive season can trigger feelings of loneliness, isolation and or grief - and this year has its share of additional stressors as well.
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RAMHP Coordinator Di Gill said 2020 had been an unprecedented year in terms of a loss of financial stressors, relationship challenges, isolation, grief, and high levels of uncertainty involved.
"If you know someone in your neighbourhood who may have been doing it tough, now is the time to reach out and check that they're okay," she said.
"Our team has developed the following useful tips which might help provide some extra support to those that really need it."
RAMHP Coordinator Di Gill also said the festive season is a time when people are expected to feel happy but for many people it can accentuate those feelings of loneliness, grief, and isolation.
"We can all do our bit to be caring, supportive listeners and good neighbours," Di said.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) - contact your local RAMHP Coordinator at www.ramhp.com.au. They are not clinicians, but they can listen, provide support, and help connect people to services in their local area.
If you're concerned about your own or someone else's mental health, call the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 for advice, Lifeline on 131114 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.
Online resources - Head to our website www.ramhp.com.au/downloadable-resources/ for resources including podcasts, fact sheets, self -help quiz and our new Take Time magazine.
For best practice guidelines on safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs visit https://mindframe.org.au/
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