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December Cards 2022

Wednesday 02 November 2022 - 12:00am - Thursday 22 December 2022 - 5:00pm
December Cards 2022
Imagine spending Christmas and New Year’s on a mental health inpatient unit, while families and friends are celebrating together. It would be easy to feel isolated and lonely. Join us to let these people know that we are thinking of them.

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:

Bendigo Health
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  •  Their first name or initials only
  •  ‘From a community member’
  • ‘From somebody thinking of you’
  • ‘From a friend you haven’t met yet’

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:

  • Think of the last time somebody you know had a physical injury – what did you say to them? Could write something similar in the card?
  • What would you say to a good friend if they were struggling? Could you say something like that in the card?
  • If you have ever struggled with your own mental health, what do you wish somebody would have said to you? Could you write that?
  • It’s also ok to simply let somebody know that you are thinking of them and hoping they feel better soon.

Can I write more than one card?

  • Absolutely. You can write as many cards as you like. 

Can I involve other people?

  • Yes. You can get your local club or school involved if you like! It would be great to put the name of the club or school in the cards so we know who they are from.

If you have any other questions, please contact Daniela Bradley, Mental Health Consumer Consultant, on 03 5454 7612. 

 

Project Background

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.

If you need someone to talk to

Call:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
  • Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
  • Headspace on 1800 650 890
  • QLife on 1800 184 527

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