It's hard to believe but we are less than two months until 2019 come to an end.
If you thought life was busy through the year, then there is a great chance these next few months will add even more pressure on everyone. The goal is to keep healthy over these next few months and through the holidays.
For some young people, this time of year can be challenging. This is particularly so for people who are experiencing isolation, loneliness and mental health issues, as we are bombarded with messages of family celebrations, gifts and holidays.
Young people who may be facing some big life changes like starting a new school, awaiting exam results to get into higher education, or commencing employment can be the most vulnerable. When normal routines change and daily structure is altered, along with missing regular contact with friends or having to financially support themselves, it can cause additional pressure.
During these times, it is valuable for families and friends to be aware of signs and symptoms that something might be wrong with their loved ones. Being withdrawn, not doing the things they would normally enjoy, ongoing worry or irritability are just some of the changes to look out for.
We encourage parents to help their young people to stay connected - social relationships are an important aspect of young people's general wellbeing. Friends can provide both play and support, and spending time with friends is also important for keeping and building on existing friendships.
We encourage parents to help their young people to stay involved - whether it is work, hobbies, clubs or sports, involvement with these can help a young person feel connected to their wider community.
Partake in physical activity - if your young person is feeling down or finding things difficult, physical activities can help relieve stress and frustration.
Getting a good sleep each night helps young people feel energised, focused and motivated. By getting up and going to bed at the same time each day, they can normalise their body clock.
If you don't know how to help someone or you need help for yourself these are some of the organisations you can call or go online for further support.
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
- Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
- Headspace on 1800 650 890
- ReachOut at au.reachout.com