The Christmas period can be a stressful and even upsetting time of year for some people depending on their personal experiences with this time of year. There are several reasons as to why people may find the Christmas period difficult. Such as financial worries, estrangement, bereavement, past trauma and health problems. Managing your expectations during the Christmas period can help with preventing the negative impact that unrealistic expectations can have on our mental health.
It is estimated that 1 in 6 people of working age will suffer from a mental illness. Further to this, one sixth of the population will suffer from poor mental health because of symptoms such as troubled sleep, excessive worry, and fatigue. Whilst someone may experience issues with their mental health, it does not mean that they have a mental illness, however, these symptoms certainly affect a person’s ability to function at work.
Trauma is defined as an emotional response to an event or series of events that caused high levels of distress in a person. Trauma can be experienced firsthand by witnessing or experiencing a trauma incident. It can also be experienced by someone close to a person hearing about it, or vicariously by an individual being exposed to trauma content.
Mental Health Month in Australia runs annually throughout the month of October. Each year there is a topic of focus; this year the Mental Health Foundation of Australia have set 'Resilience and Recovery’ as the topic. Drawn from the challenges of the pandemic, the aim of this topic is to explore ways we can develop more resilience and recover from the impact of the pandemic.
As we navigate our way through our sixth lockdown in Victoria, we have noted a decline in the mental health of our community. The uncertainty of lockdowns end has caused greater worry and fear of what impact this will all have.