Managing mental health during the festive season

Managing mental health is hard at the best of times

During the holidays, managing mental health can be especially difficult for young people. 

Whether they’re dealing with anxiety, depression, or something else, it’s important to have strategies on hand to help them when they need a bit of extra support.

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Eight tips for managing mental health over the holidays

Click on each box to access free resources and evidence-based strategies designed to help young people manage their mental health during the holiday period.

1. Plan ahead to manage triggers

2. Set boundaries to avoid unwelcome conversations

3. Ramp up self-care

4. Keep a healthy relationship with food (and drink)

5. Keep in touch with supportive people

6. It's okay not to be okay

7. Make new traditions

8. Know that this too shall pass

Need more support?

MOST can help.

Managing mental health with MOST

What is MOST?

MOST is a free digital therapy service designed to help young people who are going through tough times.

It gives 12–25-year-olds access to real psychologists as well as online tools and therapeutic content that’s backed by world leading research.

MOST can help young people get back on track with things that matter – like friends, mental health, work and study

How can young people access MOST?

People aged 12-25 can sign up for free through participating headspace or specialist youth mental health services. MOST is available in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.