HELP is only a phone call away.
Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive Kim Sykes is encouraging people who feel overwhelmed this festive season to pick up the phone and call a helpline.
"This can be such a hard time of year for people," she said.
"It seems to make bigger problems people have been struggling with through the year.
"So just to remind people that there is hope.
"There are services there and people who are able to listen and help."
For help phone: headspace Bendigo on 1800 650 890; Bendigo Community Health Services on 5430 0500; StandBy on 0439 173 310; Kids Help Line on 1800 551 800; Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyondblue on 1300 224 636.