NAPHL Health Hub’s mental health professionals are urging people to practice self-love this Valentine’s Day.

They say the day of love and romance should not just be reserved for those who are in a relationship.

 “We all know Valentine’s Day is a commercial activity, but the reality is it does remind many of their loneliness or unhappiness in romance and relationships,” one mental health clinician said.  

“What we forget is that we could and should be using the day to remind ourselves about our relationship with ourselves.”

“Let’s turn the day of romance on its head and use it as a reminder to find joy within ourselves."

“After all, taking care of yourself is one of the most important parts of managing your mental health and wellbeing." 

“If you feel you have to do something to celebrate Valentine’s Day, do something that fills your own cup or improves your relationship with yourself.”

Some ideas for self-care this Valentine’s Day:

  • Cook yourself a romantic meal for one
  • Hit the shops for a Valentine’s gift for yourself
  • Catch up with a friend or family member
  • Spend time doing a favourite hobby
  • Get some rest or relaxation
  • Get some exercise and revel in the natural endorphins

If you are having difficult feelings and emotions that are impacting on your day-to-day life, you should tell someone you trust that you are not okay, speak with your GP or other healthcare professional, or access online or phone support options. For immediate mental health support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or for support online visit