Friends and family
Our mental health and wellbeing are profoundly linked to the quality of our relationships with friends and family, as well as the wider groups and communities to which we belong.
Connecting with family, friends, or people in your community will give you a sense of belonging. A sense of belonging leads to increased happiness, personal satisfaction and overall increased quality of life. It is crucial to nurture our relationships with the important people in our lives and take the time to strengthen the ties to the communities in which we belong.
- Spend quality time – set quality time when you’re not distracted to really connect with family and friends.
- Pick up the phone – sometimes we can’t physically see our friends and family, a call or video call is a great way to stay connected.
- Listen – relationships are a two-way street. Listen to what your family and friends are telling you
- Share – open up. Share how you are feeling with your friends and family.
- Get active – go for a walk with a friend, share a picnic in your local park, or spend time in the backyard with your family.
Relationship support services
Maintaining positive relationships with family and friends can be challenging at times. While technology provides many of us with opportunities to connect with our loved ones, external factors can place extra pressure on our relationships and on our wellbeing.
Relationship Australia South Australia (RASA) works to sustain and improve individuals social environments which includes families, friends, colleagues and communities. RASA provides information, resources and counselling services to people who need help or support with their relationships.
QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
Through COTA SA’s Rainbow Hub, Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) South Australians can access a range of focused programs, services, events and activities. Many of these services have moved online and are further supplemented by phone, video call, postal letters or email contact.