The Christmas in Mind campaign runs from 12 December up until Christmas Eve to raise awareness of mental health struggles that can be intensified during the festive season.
People in the local area are invited to share their stories about how they are feeling as well as any self-help tips online using the hashtag #ChristmasinMind.
The idea is to highlight how many people do struggle with their mental health but also share positive ways to get through the season.
Bethany Dean, Communications Officer at Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, said: “We ran the same campaign last year and reached more than 100,000 people through social media.
“People told us it helped them realise they were not the only ones feeling low.
“We do not want anyone to feel bad about being happy at Christmas, but we want people to be more mindful and to be there for friends and family who might be struggling.”
Claire Coulthard, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind Anti-Stigma Volunteer, said: “Volunteering and spreading the word about mental health is so important.
“Christmas in Mind is my way of giving back at a time of year when people could be feeling their loneliest.
“We are all in this together.”
- If you or someone you know is struggling or feeling lonely this Christmas, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind offers a range of support services to suit individual needs from one-to-one therapy to wellbeing courses.
You can chat to someone on 01642 257020 or visit www.middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk
Follow the Christmas in Mind campaign on www.facebook.com/MboroStcktnMind/