In my previous article, Taking Care of your Mental Health at Christmas, I suggested ways of helping yourself and others to cope in what can be a challenging time of year. Even with the best plans, the events of Christmas can trigger negative emotions and behaviours.
The challenge is that many groups, activities and support networks that are usually available also close at Christmas. If you are struggling, you might not want to disturb a friend’s festive celebrations by calling them up. So, who can you talk to if the need arises?
Fortunately, support is available, even on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. I have compiled a list of options. If things start to get difficult, get in touch with them.
Stay Alive App – If you experience suicidal thoughts, download the Stay Alive App for information and ideas to help you to cope. Free from Google Play or the App Store. http://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app/
Call free in times of crisis – available 24 hours a day.
Papyrus Call: 068 41 41 Text: 07860 039967 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for anyone under 35-years-old with suicidal thoughts. Support services are available between 9am and midnight.
Facing Mental Health Challenges including Depression, Anxiety & Overwhelm
Shout Text: 85258 Website: https://giveusashout.org/
Text for free, support is at hand 24 hours a day.
CALM Helpline Call 0800 585858
This service operates daily between 5.00pm and midnight only.
SANEline Email: email@example.com
Call: 07984 967708 – leave your name & number and they will call you back.
This service operates daily between 4.30pm and 10.30pm only.
NHS Call: 111 Website: www.nhs.uk
This non-emergency service can put you in contact with mental health support services
Feeling Lonely and Need Someone to Talk to
The Silver Line Call: 0800 4 708090 Website: https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/helpline/
A support service for older people who want to talk, calls are free.
Childline Call: 0800 1111 Website: https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/
Free and confidential support for children & young people.
Support Line Call: 01708 765 200 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Cross Call: 0808 196 3651
This service is available from 10am until 6pm only
Refuge Call 0808 200 247 Website: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
Free and confidential domestic abuse helpline
Men’s Advice Line Call: 0808 8010327 Email: email@example.com
Free and confidential domestic abuse helpline for men available Mon – Fri 9am until 8pm. Emails are answered at weekends.
Alcoholics Anonymous Call: 0800 917 7650 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for those who know alcohol is affecting their ability to cope.
Step Change Online: https://www.stepchange.org/how-we-help/debt-advice.aspx
There is an option to talk through the form with someone in a 40min call.
Make Mental Health a Top Priority
Your usual support networks may not be available over Christmas, however, do not suffer in silence. These helplines are staffed by compassionate people who will listen without judgement. They can help you to find strategies, support and other services that get you back on track.
Remember, your mental health is a top priority.