The festive season….
For most of us we think of Christmas and New Year as being one of the most joyful times of the year, full of love with celebrations and good quality time spent amongst family and friends. But for some it is a time where they feel most vulnerable and alone – it is a period that triggers anxiety, depression and a range of other mental health conditions.
Who might be affected, you ask? The elderly, people with disabilities and also potentially their carers, anyone living alone, sometimes someone you least expect. At a time when everyone around them is enjoying great company with lots of happiness, some people are on their own without someone to experience the joy of Christmas with. Others are struggling financially and cannot afford gifts or food to enjoy for Christmas lunch or dinner with family. Others have lost everything in recent devastating fires.
It is important to be aware of the people who live around us. Step outside and meet your neighbours and check in on them over the holidays – you might even find a great new friend in them to invite to be part of your own plans! It doesn’t take a lot to help curb the loneliness or struggles that these people are experiencing. Random acts of kindness can help bring a smile to people’s faces and offer some hope.
Sarah Kolster, who works in Reception/Administrative Support at Interchange Australia, has organised some wonderful food items amongst her fellow staff members here to create food baskets which the Salvation Army distributed to some of those people in need this last Christmas.
On behalf of Interchange Australia, we would like to give a very special thank you to Sarah for organising this and hope that these items helped to make someone’s Christmas/New Year that little bit easier.
Pictured: IA Support Worker Paul presenting the Salvation Army with food items.