Over the holiday season, LOOK for the signs and symptoms of depression/anxiety. LISTEN to what your friends and family members are saying about how they feel and if necessary, TALK about seeking help together.
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.
Looking after yourself:
• 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.
Other National organisations have free telephone counselling or support lines &include:
• Lifeline 131114
• Kids Helpline 1800 551800
• Mensline 1300 789978
• Mental Health Line 1800 011511
• Accessline 1800 800 944