Remembering to reconnect at Christmas | Mental Health First Aid

Many Australians feel lonely or isolated and this can be exacerbated at this time of year. If you haven’t spoken to someone in a while, now is a good time to reach out.

Pick up the phone to call someone and check in, send a Christmas card or an email to let them know you’re thinking about them. You can suggest that you catch up, even if just for a coffee so that they know you’re there for them.

It can be a particularly difficult time of year if it’s the first Christmas since the death of someone close. Reach out to those who might need someone to talk to, people can often feel hesitant to share their feelings when they know others are celebrating.

Check in on neighbours or friends, if you know someone might be on their own, and you have the capacity, you can suggest that they join you for a meal.

No matter what action you take, and no matter how small, it can mean the world to the person.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture to make a difference.