After a couple of tumultuous years and the pressure that arise during the holiday period, it is good to be aware of some of the signs that may indicate a person could be struggling with their mental health.
It is important to be aware of those around us notice when behaviours change. Things like constantly not turning up to social events they would have always previously attended, not returning messages and calls or one or two-word answers when you do get hold of them.
Christmas time can often enhance feelings of loneliness, disconnection and isolation and reaching out and checking on someone you think may be struggling is more important than ever.
It is important to not make assumptions or judge someone who is struggling with their mental health. The reality is that they would probably love to participate in the festivities going on around them, but their anxiety, fear and worries are preventing them from acting.
If you are speaking with someone you are worried about instead of asking them how they are, ask open-ended questions that will start a conversation like “how is your week going?”
It is up to all of us to make those around us feel wanted, non-judged and connected through kindness, love and support.
As always, if you or someone you know needs immediate support please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.