Be kind
  • Last updated:
  • 24 Nov 2020

There are many opportunities to act kindly and generously on the Sunshine Coast this festive season.

"If you can be anything, be kind" Unknown

How to give back this festive season 

Below is a list of organisations across the Sunshine Coast who would value your support 

Kindness in your neighbourhood

With your neighbours ask yourselves, “What could it look like for us to be kind and generous this festive season?”

  • Join forces with your neighbours to act kindly to another person or group. 
  • Gift a chore to your neighbour. 
  • Organise a Secret Santa in your street.
  • Do a shout out on social media to a neighbour who acted kindly #festivekindness.
  • Leave your neighbour a note that tells them how much you appreciate them or admire their garden.
  • Give away potted plants, herbs, seeds, flowers or vegetables from your garden.
  • Ask someone you see on the street “How are you?”  and mean it.
  • Call a neighbour you haven’t talked to in a while.
  • Introduce yourself to someone you always see around.

Maintaining health and wellbeing during silly season!

During the festive season, it is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle that is holistic - physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual.

Sunshine Coast Kindness Collective
Kindness Collective brings members of the community together and improve wellbeing through free events, classes, and workshops.

Join the Listen Movement

Tune into what you’re hearing, the greatest compliment you can pay another person is to truly listen to what they are saying, to be present and to listen for understanding. Tune into LISTEN an original song by Robyn Pulman and Andrea Kirwin, recorded at Yama-Nui Studios Sunshine Coast.

Top tips to have a healthier festive season

  1. Plan activities that are fun and different to what you might normally do
  2. Simplify your exercise routine and try for at least 20mins per day
  3. Stay hydrated, drink more water than alcohol
  4. Eat well but do not over eat!
  5. Stay connected with friends and family via phone, email and video conferencing
  6. Be safe, whether it is COVID safe, swimming or beach safe, Christmas lights safe or driving safe.
  7. Engage your brain
  8. Do something for others 
  9. Dance, play and have fun
  10. Sleep! 

While the festive season can be full of fun and good times, it can also be stressful. If you’re feeling overwhelmed you can call

iHelp Sunshine Coast also brings to your fingertips a range of mental health support and suicide prevention services available on the Sunshine Coast. Immediate iHelp is just a click away.

Here are some other places to visit for great tips and ideas in maintaining and strengthening your mental wellbeing.

  • Australian Red Cross 
    Offer many practical tips to maintain your wellbeing 
  • Beyond Blue 
    Tips and information on how to look after your mental health, and manage feelings of anxiety, distress and concern
  • Lifeline 
    Strategies to continue looking after ourselves and each other during these difficult times
  • RUOK? 
    Tips about looking out for family members or friends who are struggling
  • Headspace 
    Can assist young people affected by stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • ACON
    Has issued a statement with advice for community members, particularly LGBTIQ+ people
  • Relax Like a Boss
    Offer informative blogs about relaxation, mindfulness and meditation, founder John Parrott also shares his experiences with depression and how he managed it. 
  • Grab Life by the Balls 
    A proactive and positive men's mental health movement who are all about meeting Aussie blokes where they are at
  • USC Counselling and Wellbeing Clinic 
    Provides free telephone and online psychological and emotional support services from final year counselling students. The clinic’s focus is on the delivery of person-centred, strengths-based counselling. Information can be found on the USC Clinic Brochure[1056KB]
  • USC Psychology Telehealth Clinic 
    Provides free mental health services from postgraduate students (provisionally registered psychologists) using phone and video conferencing. The clinic offers a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which has been shown to be a very effective treatment for a wide range of problems. Find out more and make an appointment
  • SBS
    Has COVID-19 health and mental health information in languages other than English