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LIFELINE SHARES NEW HOLIDAY SUPPORT GUIDE TO HELP AUSTRALIANS STAY HEALTHY AND CONNECTED

Lifeline Australia 2 mins read

Lifeline is reminding Australians that 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 which offers understanding, support and practical tips to get through the weeks ahead as healthily as possible.

Lifeline Australia CEO Colin Seery said that while it is often depicted as a time of joy, celebration and togetherness, the holiday season can bring about a complex and intense mix of emotions for some people.

“Even those of us who are in a position to gather with friends or family find that it can bring its own set of challenges – from financial worries to family turmoil, the weight of expectations, old wounds and disappointment,” said Mr Seery.

“Unfortunately, even those surrounded by loved ones may still feel alone. Even if you are not feeling disconnected yourself, the holidays can be a great opportunity to extend a helping hand, share warmth, and provide comfort to friends, family members, and others in the community.”

“It is really important that no one feels they have 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 our 13 11 14 phone service as well as our text and chat channels, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

“So, whether it’s 3am on Christmas Day, or 11pm on New Year’s Eve, please know that Lifeline will be ready to listen to you and provide the support you need,” urges Mr Seery.

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 the tools and resources to look after yourself and those you love – and no matter where you are these holidays, please know Lifeline is here for you,” said Mr Seery.

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

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About us:

ABOUT LIFELINE

For over 60 years, Lifeline has been connecting with Australians in need through crisis support and suicide prevention services, operating the 13 11 14 telephone line within 43 centres around the nation as well as a 24/7 crisis text, webchat service and Support Toolkit.

The organisation expects to respond to over one million requests for support this year, creating an average of 120 safety plans to keep a person experiencing suicidal ideation safe every day.


Contact details:

LIFELINE MEDIA: media@lifeline.org.au or 0408 407 376 (calls only).

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