Whilst many of us celebrate the end of another busy year, Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for many people who may be alone or missing loved ones they have lost. It can also be a particularly stressful time financially. To help you navigate your way through the festive season, we have put together a list of resources we hope will help ensure your festive season is full of joy and hope.
From budgeting to tips on dealing with difficult family members – the Victorian Government has put together a great list of pointers to help you reduce anxiety at Christmas.
NALAG provides support for those dealing with loss and grief and their Coping with Grief at Christmas flyer provides some invaluable coping strategies should you or someone you know need them.
The Salvation Army provide a range of free services including assistance to people in need at Christmas. If you are in a position to do so you might also consider contributing to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal to ensure others get the help they need.
ASIC’s MoneySmart runs a free financial counselling hotline open weekdays from 9.30am – 4.30 pm. Often just talking about your issues to someone can help ease anxiety levels.
There are payments and services available to you if you are experiencing severe financial hardship, recovering from a disaster, or in need of special assistance. The help available to you will vary based on your individual circumstances.
Whilst we hope that none of you should ever need any of these services, if you do, we encourage you to reach out to others if you are having a difficult time this Christmas.
Being our last blog post for 2015 we wish you all a safe and very happy festive season and hope 2016 brings the best of everything to you and your family.
We thank you for your support since the launch of the blog earlier this year and we look forward to providing you with more valuable content in the new year. The first post of 2016 will be Tuesday January 4 – keep an eye out for it!