CHRISTMAS is a festive time for most people but it can be a difficult period for those who feel isolated or missing loved ones.
The expert panellists for toady's Friday Forum (held here at 2pm) will discuss ways to overcome stress at Christmas.
They include Lifeline Australia psychologist Anne Evans, Act Belong Commit psychologist Professor Rob
Donovan, and Rural Adversity Mental Health Program North Coast co-ordinator Darcy Budden. A representative of Salvo Care Line will also be online to
talk about what you can do to connect and be involved
with your community and stay mentally healthy.
There are ways to overcome loneliness and steps to manage stress and anxiety during the festive period.
Mental health experts say the best strategy is to plan ahead, be flexible and draw up a list of fun diversions to steer people away from conflict or overindulgence.
Diversions can include playing games, music and watching movies. People on their own are advised to plan on doing something they enjoy, and get in touch with friends.
If things become overwhelming, contact a counsellor, or for those who overspend on Christmas, there is free financial counselling available from Lifeline.
The Friday Forum is a joint initiative of The Land and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program.
Feel welcome to join the discussion here at 2pm, or if you don’t feel comfortable joining the discussion, you can still follow the conversation.
Contact Lifeline on 131 114 or the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.