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Mental health over the Christmas period

Friday 13 December, 2019

Many people find the Christmas season to be a particularly tough time. There are so many things going on, with the added pressure of work events, family functions and sometimes the financial strain associated with gift giving. Add loneliness or heartache, and you‘ve got a cocktail that may lead to feelings of depression.

For the serving and ex-serving community in particular, some of whom may already be struggling with a mental health condition, the Christmas season may trigger feelings of loss and isolation associated with sad memories. This is common, and the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. The Open Arms counselling service is available to support you.

Open Arms is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It provides free and confidential nationwide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions. Open Arms counsellors have an understanding of military culture and can help to address concerns such as relationship and family issues, anxiety, depression, anger, sleep difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol or substance misuse, with the aim of finding effective solutions for improved mental health and wellbeing.

If you’re going through a tough time, feeling lonely or just want someone to talk to, call Open Arms on 1800 011 046 and get the support you need. 


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