Christmas stress taking a toll on young Aussies

Melbourne, Dec 23(ANI): Family tensions are making many young Australians feel negative about Christmas, a survey has found.

Around 500 young Australians aged between 12 and 25 were surveyed by the National Youth Mental Health Foundation headspace, News.com.au reported.

Around 57 per cent of young people say they feel happy about Christmas, but about 88 per cent also admit there are things that make them feel negative about the jolly season, the survey found.

More than 65 per cent cited tensions between family members as a factor that made them feel negative about Christmas, up from 58 per cent last year.

Headspace chief executive Chris Tanti said families should be supporting each other over Christmas.

This survey clearly shows that many young people approach Christmas with trepidation, rather than excitement, said Tanti.

It revealed that, for 24 per cent of young people, Christmas made them feel depressed and for 28 per cent, the festive season made them feel worse than usual.

More than 86 per cent of young people said they would be using social media on Christmas Day, with 62 per cent saying they used social media to escape family tensions and 54 per cent using it to help them feel less lonely. (ANI)