Christmas Survival Guide


Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, but for many it’s the most difficult time of the year. Although the holidays can be great, they can also be stressful. When just functioning is a struggle, spending more time with family, missing friends, being bored or having events to attend can leave you feeling anxious, down or unsettled.

For some tips on staying mentally healthy this holiday period click here

To see more tips for a mentally healthy Christmas click here

If you're staring to feel more stuffed than a Christmas turkey it’s important to remember that you are not alone - there are many support organisations who are still there for you over the holiday period. Check in with your own support services, and also make a note of the ones below, so you can make contact if needed:

For crisis support:

  • Phone emergency services on 000
  • Phone the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788 (>18 years)
  • Phone the Acute Response Team on 1800 048 636 (<18 years)
  • Alternatively, present to your nearest emergency department

For non-crisis support:

  • Phone eheadspace on 1800 650 890 or visit
  • Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit       (24 hours a day)
  • Phone the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800                (24 hours a day)