Get Real: Talking mental health & disability

When Christmas isn’t the most wonderful time of the year

December 14, 2022 The team at ermha365, Belinda Ellis, Jackie Ashmore Episode 72
Get Real: Talking mental health & disability
When Christmas isn’t the most wonderful time of the year
Show Notes

Christmas is considered as one of the six most stressful life events, along with divorce, moving house and changing jobs. 

Although Christmas is meant to be a happy and joyful time, this isn't how everyone feels at this time of the year. Christmas can be a stressful and depressing time for many people. Some people find that the “Christmas spirt and celebration” can be really hard. 

Our special guests for this episode are Belinda Ellis and Jackie Ashmore from ermha365.

Belinda is a registered psychologist, specialising in forensics and is ermha365s Chief practice officer. She also operates her own private practice focusing on forensic and child development psychology.

Jackie is a registered nurse who specialised in forensic and mental health nursing. Jackie is our Chief Operations Officer at ermha365. Before training as a nurse Jackie was a corrections officer in prisons.

If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode you can contact:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • 13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)


Produced and hosted by Emily Webb, ermha365 Advocacy and External Communications Advisor with Karenza Louis-Smith, CEO ermha365.

ermha365 provides mental health and disability support for people in Victoria and the Northern Territory.

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