While the Festive Season can be a joyous time of year, for many it can trigger feelings of sadness, loneliness, stress, and anxiety.
To help those struggling during the Christmas period, Northern Territory Primary Health Network has today launched its annual campaign encouraging Territorians to look after their mental health during the holidays and seek support if they need help.
The campaign features digital and social media advertising as well as displays in local shopping centres in the lead up to Christmas and shows different scenarios over the Festival Season that may be triggering or not so enjoyable for those who are suffering.
NT PHN CEO, Gill Yearsley, said Christmas could be a very stressful time of year for many Territorians.
“Things like family tensions, increased alcohol consumption, loneliness, isolation and money worries can rise to the surface and make people feel down around Christmas, New Years and school holidays,” she said.
“It may also be a sad time for those who have recently had a loved one who has passed away.
“The message of this campaign for those who are struggling is help is just a phone call away.
“Anyone can call Head to Health on 1800 595 212 from Monday to Friday 8:30-5:00pm to talk to someone and be connected with the right support in their local area.”
The NT PHN Mental Health Christmas campaign also includes a video with AFL NT featuring local football players encouraging their fellow teammates to seek support if they need it and for family and friends to check in on their mates and loved ones if they appear down this Christmas.
A series of social media tips called “12 Gifts of Self-Care” will also be rolled out on NT PHN’s social media channels in the lead up to Christmas offering practical advice on effective ways to beat Christmas stress and anxiety, deal with family tension and manage loneliness.
“Christmas is a busy time, usually accompanied by increased social activity,” said Mrs Yearsley.
“However, some people may live alone, be under financial or mental distress or be isolated from family and friends in a remote location. For these people, Christmas can be a time when they need a helping hand.
“So, remember to check in on family and friends and also be kind to yourself this Christmas.”
The Mental Health Christmas campaign will be rolled out form this week and run until 14 January 2023.