A small act of kindness can make a big difference.
Join us to sprinkle some joy this Christmas.
1. Choose a card you like, and fill it with a message of hope, kindness and solidarity. IMPORTANT: Please do not seal the envelope as we will insert a flyer explaining the project
2. Place your card into the 'December Cards Project’ letter box at one of these collection points by Thursday December 22:
or post it to Bendigo Health by Thursday December 15:
Mental Health Professional Development Unit ‘December Cards’
PO Box 126, Bendigo VIC 3552
Bendigo Health will deliver your card in time for Christmas.
3. Enjoy your Christmas, knowing that you have made a difference to somebody on the mental health inpatient ward.
Do I need to include my name?
No, you don’t need to include your name. Some people do not include anything after their message. Other people have written:
I don’t know what to write – what can you advise?
It can be hard to know what to write, especially to somebody you have never met. Sometimes we also don’t know what to write to somebody who is struggling with their mental health. Here are some ideas to help you:
Can I write more than one card?
Can I involve other people?
If you have any other questions, please contact Daniela Bradley, Mental Health Consumer Consultant, on 03 5454 7612.
The December Cards Project was originally known as ‘December letters’. It was started in the US in 2018 by sisters Jessica Lowell Mason and Melissa Bennet: The December Letters Project - Madwomen in the attic (madintheattic.org)
It was brought to Australia in 2019 by mental health advocate Indigo Daya, and more than 900 handwritten cards were delivered to people in psychiatric units across the country that year: The Christmas cards bringing light to Australians during their darkest days - ABC News.
In 2020 Heidi Everett, a Melbourne artist and mental health arts advocate, brought it to the Austin psychiatric unit with support from the Banyule City Council: December Cards (heidieverett.com.au)
Last year, we ran the project in Bendigo for the first time and received 400 cards. Cards a show of Christmas compassion - Bendigo Times (timesnewsgroup.com.au).
With your help we will show the people on our psychiatric inpatient units again how much this community cares.