A space to be seen and heard this Christmas

As happy as the holidays may seem, for people who are facing alcohol and other drugs issues, homelessness, and mental health issues, Christmas can be the hardest time of the year.

So, in order to spread the spirit of Christmas, we asked our Drug ARM clinician Vicki for one thing we can all do to make a difference, and this is what she said.

“Just say hello. Don’t ignore people even if they look a bit ruffled, or smell of alcohol, because by just saying hello, you’re making them feel seen. That makes a big difference.”

“You often see someone sitting on a bench and everyone is just rushing by. I like to just smile and say hi. It’s amazing – you see their face light up like, “Wow, you saw me.” For people who seem to stand out so much, they really can be invisible.”

Please join Vicki in showing compassion this Christmas.

“That’s something we can all do, but as a counsellor, just being able to give someone a space where they are seen and understood, it makes such a big difference. I think we can all relate to that. Having a space where we can be seen and heard without being judged – it’s really important. People can’t make a change in their life unless they are offered that space. But the thrill of seeing someone make a real improvement? It’s why I do my job.”

“I feel so blessed to be a part of their journey. These guys have let me into their lives and show me what they are capable of, and I just think, ‘look at you, you’re amazing!’”

“I never thought I’d be able to play a role in changing people’s lives – just giving them a place where they can be seen and heard, reminding them that they still matter, and giving them the tools to help them overcome their problems.”

A donation from you will help Vicki change lives this Christmas.

“One girl I saw was about to lose her child, it was looking pretty bad. It took some work but I got to see her get back into her studies, back into nursing and move into her own place. That one always sticks with me, not only because she turned her life around, but because she’s now helping others as well.”

It’s not just one life you’re saving, it’s the whole family, the whole community. Their mates see they’ve made a change and they want it too. There’s a real ripple effect when you help someone change their life.”

“By helping just one person, you can change anywhere up to say 20 lives. You can see that it’s actually making a difference, not just in individuals, but in society. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

Vicki is making a difference this Christmas, please be a part of it by making a gift to Drug ARM.  Thank you  for the difference you are making in the lives of people, families and communities.

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