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End of year support




We’re getting closer to the end of the year, and what a year it has been. 


Over the next few months, many important celebrations will take place: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Chinese New Year. Even for those of us who don't celebrate holidays at this time, the end of a year can bring up complex emotions and struggles for many.


  • Grieving loved ones who are no longer with us 

  • Spending time with family who might share different beliefs and values  

  • Increased triggers for drinking alcohol, taking drugs and gambling 

  • Struggling with money and gift giving 

  • Support services are shutting down, and mental health professionals are taking leave 

  • Loneliness and FOMO. 


If you’re feeling nervous about the next couple of months and wondering how you will get through it, you aren’t alone. We’ve put together a list of resources to make getting the support you need easier. 


Financial aid and Christmas hampers 

The gifts, food, parties and expectations can all start to add up. If you’re not able to spend money comfortably, go easy on yourself – the expectations can add to and even prolong the stress. Instead, do something meaningful for others and give gifts such as a handpicked care package, a babysitting voucher or an offer to help with the huge pile of dishes after Christmas lunch.


If you’re struggling to afford essential items like food, medication and transport costs, here are some services that might be worth contacting. 


Family and relationship struggles 

The end of the year and new year can bring stressful relationship challenges – dealing with grief and loss, coping with complicated family dynamics or spending time away from loved ones. 


Sadly, it can also be a time when domestic and family violence surfaces. No matter what it is you’re going through, know that we’re here to listen and point you in the right direction if you need emergency help. 


  • 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 provides crisis counselling, information and referral for anyone experiencing domestic and family violence. They also have a local service directory on their website. 

  • Family Relationship Advice Line  1800 050 321 is a helpline for anyone dealing with separation issues. They offer advice and information on maintaining healthy relationships, navigating family conflicts and provide referrals to support further. 

  • Griefline 1300 845 745  is a helpline for people coping with grief and loss. They also have online forums and support groups

  • Listening Ear 02 9477 6777 is a non crisis hotline for people experiencing loneliness and isolation. Anyone who needs someone to talk to is welcome to call them. 



If you find yourself without a safe place to sleep, there’s a good chance you’ve got a lot on your plate. It’s overwhelming to figure out your next steps, so consider contacting one of these state-based homelessness services. 


Drug and alcohol support 

Celebrating with friends and family might mean exposure to drugs and alcohol will increase, which can be challenging if you’re limiting your consumption or recovery from addiction. 


If you need support, information or a referral, it might be helpful to get in touch with your local alcohol and drug service. 



Giving back 

Christmas can be a really challenging time for many, and supporting those who may be going through a difficult time can be especially rewarding. For example, you could serve a meal at a community centre, take gifts to an approved charity accepting Christmas gifts, or visit people at your nursing home. Some councils can also offer a community Christmas party you can join.  


Here are some volunteering opportunities if you’re interested in giving back to your community. 



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5 ways to beat boredom these holidays

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