Be there for people in need at Christmas time

16/01/2019 Posted by admin

CHRISTMAS holidays are usually a time to relax and forget about the pressures of the year.
Nanjing Night Net

For many people, the festive season can also be a time of increased stress, overwhelming pressure, disappointment or loneliness.

Some people may be particularly susceptible to triggers for depression and anxiety during the holiday period.

There are also financial pressures that put the spotlight on relationships and family issues – with the current economic situation adding to this pressure.

As with any anniversary, memories of distressing or sad events can come back into focus.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District director for mental health and drug and alcohol, Robyn

Manzie, encouraged everyone to take care of themselves, their friends and family this holiday season.

“Many people build up to this time of year with great hopes only to feel disappointed if their hopes aren’t fulfilled. This time can also be very stressful with the pressure of buying gifts, preparing food and catering for family, friends or visitors,” she said.

“It’s important to note that stress linked to the festive season should not be confused with depression. If the stress continues however, it can lead to distress which in some instances, may lead to depression.

“It’s important to think realistically about the holidays. If you’re facing the holiday season without your family and you know you’ll find it difficult, plan ahead to make sure you’ll be spending time with people you like. Being alone when everyone else appears to be with their families may increase feelings of isolation.”

Over the holiday season, look for the signs and symptoms of depression. Listen to what your friends and family members are saying about how they feel and if necessary, talk about seeking help together.

Tips on how to help someone with depression:

People with depression often don’t see the point of doing anything and may feel that no one can really help them.

Helping someone who isn’t ready to recognise they need assistance may be very difficult.

DO – it’s helpful to:

– spend time talking about the person’s experiences with them

– indicate you’ve noticed a change in the person’s behaviour

– let the person know you’re there to listen without being judgmental

– suggest the person talks to a doctor or mental health professional

– help the person to make an appointment and/or go with the person to see a doctor or mental health professional

– ask the person how the appointment went

– talk openly about depression and help the person to find information

– encourage the person to exercise, eat well and become involved in social activities

– keep in touch and encourage close friends and family to do the same.

– Don’t be afraid to ask for or accept help

– Spend time with supportive and caring people

– Keep track of your Christmas spending

– Be realistic about what you can and cannot do

– Remember to keep active; exercise is great for your wellbeing.

– Get plenty of sleep

– When drinking alcohol, do so in moderation.

No one should feel like they have to keep silent about depression or anxiety.

Beyondblue’s info line – 1300 22 4636 – will operate 24/7 over the holiday period for anyone needing information on depression, anxiety and related drug and alcohol problems.

A list of symptoms of depression and anxiety, checklists and other information about effective treatments and how to help someone can be found at www.beyondblue.org.au

Other organisations have free telephone counselling or support lines andinclude:

– Lifeline 131114

– Kids Helpline 1800 551800

– Mensline 1300 789978

– Mental Health Access Line 1800 800 944

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