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NQPHN reminds North Queenslanders to look after their mental health during the festive season

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 Be Kind To Your Mind This Christmas Time social media campaign, prompting North Queenslanders to look after their mental health during the Christmas and New Year period.

Be Kind To Your Mind This Christmas Time provides links to 24-hour crisis support services, counselling support services, and community service organisations.  

These specialised support services are readily available to listen to any concerns and to provide support and assistance to develop coping strategies.

NQPHN Chief Executive Officer John Gregg said it’s important to remember to take some time out, seek help when it’s needed, and to check on loved ones throughout the busy holiday season.

“Christmas is a busy time of year and is usually accompanied by high expectations and increased social activity. Some people experience feelings of isolation, financial pressures, or increased family conflict that can make this a very stressful time of year,” Mr Gregg said.

“It may also be a sad time where it’s their first Christmas without a loved one who has passed away. For these people, Christmas can be a time when they need an extra helping hand.

Be Kind To Your Mind This Christmas Time focuses on effective ways to beat Christmas stress and anxiety, deal with family tension, take care of money worries, and manage loneliness.

“The campaign urges people to reach out to free online and phone support services such as NQ Connect, Lifeline, eheadspace, and many more.” 

Operation Compass, the ex-ADF and families suicide prevention project being delivered by NQPHN in the Townsville region, also launched its #CheckYourMates campaign yesterday, calling on the ex-ADF community to check on their mates over the holidays.

#CheckYourMates challenges veterans and the community to check in on at least five mates over the holiday period in hope that those mates who are travelling well will be encouraged to check on five more mates after that, and if someone is not going well, to encourage them to seek support.

The #CheckYourMates campaign uses three simple, yet highly effective steps in identifying people in need. These steps include connecting to others and making the time to catch up, yarning to listen and not judge, and motivate to act and offer support. More information can be found at www.checkyourmates.com.au

The Be Kind To Your Mind This Christmas Time campaign will be run on NQPHN’s social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

For more information, visit www.nqphn.com.au/be-kind-to-your-mind