Christmas family tension stressing out youth
Young Australians are citing family tension as a reason for feeling negative about Christmas and are turning to social media to escape the stress, a survey has found.
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, a survey by the National Youth Mental Health Foundation headspace has 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," Mr Tanti said in a statement on Sunday.
The survey shows 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.
"We know about the dangers of social media, but this survey also shows that it's an important tool for coping with difficult situations," Mr Tanti said.
The report surveyed 500 young Australians aged between 12 and 25.