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Mental health support available over the Christmas/New Year period

Christmas and holidays can be a time of joy and happiness, but for some it’s the most difficult time of the year. Those experiencing stress or worry can often find this time of year hard to cope with.

North Coast Primary Health Network’s Mental Health Reform Coordinator Jennifer Melsness said a number of triggers can cause mental health concerns during Christmas and New Year.

“Things like family tensions, excessive alcohol consumption, loneliness, isolating and money worries can rise to the surface and make people feel worse around Christmas, New Years and school holidays.

“It’s important for people to realise that there is help available if they are struggling and we want to get the word out about some of the ways to get support to the North Coast community.”

WHO TO CALL, WHERE TO LOOK…

If you are considering getting you or a loved one support, there are a number of different avenues to obtain help:

  • See your GP and talk to them about what you or your loved one is experiencing – they can offer you options for support in your local area or make a referral to someone who can help.
  • Find health and wellbeing help and resources online at: https://headtohealth.gov.au
  • A free coaching service New Access, developed by beyondblue is available across the North Coast. To sign up and register with a Coach, call 1800 010 630 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/newaccess and click on The North Coast.
  • If you or a loved one need immediate assistance, you can call Emergency Services on 000, or you can call the following numbers for support 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
    • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
    • Lifeline on 13 11 14
    • NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
    • Beyondblue Support line: 1300 224 636
    • Domestic and Family Violence Support Line: 1800 RESPECT

Please note that the Mental Health Flood Support Line set up after the Lismore/Murwillumbah floods has been discontinued. People who continue to be affected by the disaster should use the above numbers to get support.

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