Getting the best out of the festive season

At Open Arms, we know that the festive season often brings with it a whirlwind of social activities and opportunities to get out and connect with friends, family and work colleagues.

Unfortunately though, for people without good social networks, the festive season can leave them feeling more lonely and isolated than at other times of the year.

Because social connections are key to a person’s emotional, mental and physical wellbeing it’s important to find connections that are right for you. People with strong networks are more likely to feel supported, confident and cared for when faced with difficult situations.

If you’re wanting to expand your social circle, Open Arms has recently updated its website to include more resources for veterans and their families focused on living well—including tips on being social. For suggestions on establishing and building social networks, ideas for volunteering and links to programs you can join, visit the Living Well pages.

The website also offers links to mobile apps designed specifically for serving and ex-serving ADF personnel, including High Res—which helps veterans and their families manage daily stress and On Track with the Right Mix—which can help with the management of alcohol consumption.

Open Arms also offers free and confidential counselling, peer support, self-help resources, crisis accommodation support, relationship retreats, group treatment programs and suicide intervention workshops.

Importantly, if you want someone to talk to, Open Arms has a telephone counselling service available for you 24/7, 365 days a year by calling 1800 011 046.

As Australia’s leading provider of high quality mental health services to our military community, we understand Australian veterans and their families.