Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) Coordinators have developed 13 practical tips to help manage and reduce stress over the festive season.
Spread across NSW, the RAMHP team are only too aware of the extra challenges and stress that the Christmas period can bring.
RAMHP Coordinator for Far West Local Health District Marie Kelly says it can be a tough time for many people with additional financial stressors, relationship challenges, grief and isolation. For many there is also the uncertain weather conditions and being on constant alert for bushfires.
As part of RAMHP’s end of year wrap up, Coordinators are asking people and communities to be mindful of those who might be experiencing mental health issues and to reach out, check in and ask: Are you OK?
The team has also put together these practical tips for looking after your own mental health and wellbeing; as well as others.
1. Get away from our normally busy routines and recharge – treat yourself to a sleep-in, read a new book, or go for a bushwalk or trip to the beach. (Camilla Kenny)
To find a RAMHP Coordinator in your local area or find about RAMHP, visit ramhp.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any concerns about yourself or a loved one, please contact the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 (free call for landlines), the Alcohol and Other Drugs Information Service (ADIS) 1800 422 599 or call Lifeline on 13 11 14