Veterinary Chris Hong
Director, Registered Psychologist
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Do something for others!
The holiday season is a time of giving. This goes beyond mere presents and yet doesn’t have to be volunteering in a soup kitchen (but maybe it is?)

Perhaps discuss as a family what you can do or donate to a charity this year. You could even help out at a local shelter one day, a great experience for kids too.

For many, Christmas is a very lonely and challenging time of year. It’s a time when people can experience financial hardship and a significant decline in their mental health and well-being.
Sadly over 100,000 Australian’s will spend Christmas without a permanent roof over their head.

If you’ve got a neighbour or family member who is quite lonely or isolated, perhaps invite them over for a drink or afternoon tea. Consider including them in the festivities, especially if they’ve recently lost a partner and have no other close family or friends. It could mean the world to them.
This is often especially true for those who have recently migrated to Australia.

One of the below charities or organisations may be something you and your family can become involved in this festive season by donating goods, money and/or time!


Asylum Seeker Resource Center

Red Cross Give Blood

Mums Supporting Families in Need

St Kilda Mums

Cancer Council

Vinnies Christmas Appeal

The Smith Family

The Salvation Army

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