The holiday season is meant to be a time of joy, but for many it can be a time of disappointment, stress, anxiety, or loneliness.
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) has launched its annual Be Kind To Your Mind This Christmas Time social media campaign.
The campaign prompts North Queenslanders to look after their mental health during the Christmas and New Year period and reach out for support when they need it.
Be Kind To Your Mind This Christmas Time provides links to 24-hour crisis support services, counselling and support services, and community service organisations.
These specialised support services are readily available to listen to any concerns and provide support and assistance to develop coping strategies.
NQPHN Chief Executive Officer Robin Whyte said it’s important to remember to be kind to yourself, take some time out, seek help when needed, and check on loved ones throughout the busy holiday season.
“It’s a busy time of year and the holiday season usually comes with high expectations and increased social activity. Some people experience feelings of isolation, financial stresses, or increased family tensions that can make this a very stressful time of year,” Ms Whyte said.
“For those that have recently lost a loved one, it may also be a sad time. For all these people, Christmas can be a time when they need an extra helping hand.
“Stress and anxiety may be heightened with uncertainty remaining around coronavirus. Feelings of uneasiness may occur as people start to travel more, attend social gatherings, and hold larger celebrations with loved ones.
“People with mental ill-health may shy away from social interactions because of stigma, past experiences, or being overwhelmed by the situation.
“Through a simple act of kindness anyone can help others feel as if someone is thinking or caring about them. Those of us who have stable housing, finances, family and friend connections, should think about those who don’t have these things, often through no fault of their own.
The Be Kind To Your Mind This Christmas Time campaign will run on NQPHN’s social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
For more information, visit www.nqphn.com.au/community-member/be-kind-your-mind-christmas-time