While the forthcoming festive season is joyful for many, it can also be a sad and lonely time for the one in five Australians experiencing mental illness.
'December is often built around end of year gatherings and celebrations. However for some people, especially those experiencing mental ill health, it can be a time of isolation,' SANE Australia’s Help Centre Psychologist Suzanne Leckie said.
With many mental health support services closing down, or being managed by limited resources over the holiday period, this year SANE is launching a virtual Christmas Dinner for those that may be spending Christmas alone.
Each week the SANE online Forums host Friday Feast – an initiative that sees Australians experiencing mental health difficulties coming together online and having a chat over a virtual dinner in a supportive, inclusive and encouraging environment.