Support services experiencing massive increase in calls from distressed LGBTIQ youth

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drummond street services, a family support agency that provides counselling and support to LGBTIQ people and their families, is experiencing a spike in calls from anxious and distressed youth.

Stepfamily survival guide for the Xmas holidays

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Tens-of-thousands of Australians are currently filled with dread, contemplating the social minefield known as the Xmas Holidays. They are among the 1-in-5 Australians who are part of a stepfamily. For many of them, the interaction that comes with this season is an emotional battle with their past, their identity and their future.

School holidays

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Hundreds of thousands of school children are at the start of their school holidays. For many children and their parents, however, this time of year represents a real danger zone for mental health.

Surviving a ‘blended’ stepfamily Christmas

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With more than 1 in 5 Australian families living in a step or blended family, a sense of loss commonly surfaces around the holidays and celebrations. There may be competition over gift giving, confusion over arrangements, unrealistic expectations and divided loyalties.