Christmas isn’t an easy time for everyone. Whilst some of us are celebrating with our families, others are suffering, often in silence. People can feel isolated at this time of year, or because this time of year is a time of reflection, can feel mournful and sad.
It’s important to notice people around you and how they’re feeling. Often it’s not the grand gestures that can make a difference to how someone is feeling but the simple things – a phone call, a text or a chat.
Often people don’t know what to do when faced with someone who is struggling, but it’s simple. Just be there for them. Listen without judgement and give them their own space if they need it.
Christmas whilst joyous, can be overwhelming for adults as well as young children. Those who have to be around others who don’t usually see eye to eye, the volume of people, the amount of events, gifts, colours and smells even.
It is important to notice their feelings and don’t be afraid to ask how they’re doing, but most of all, in the chaos of it all, just make sure you make time for them.
Christmas is also a time of year when people feel very lonely. Whether they are at home on their own this year, or in a room full of people, the feeling can remain.
To help combat feelings of loneliness you could:
· Keep in touch with those around you
· Join a group
· Do things that you enjoy
· Stay away from alcohol and drugs as not only can these be harmful, but they can also exacerbate feelings of despair and loneliness
· Share your feelings with someone that you trust
You can help someone else feel connected, by just being aware that they may be feeling this way and by reaching out to them to help.
We hope that you all are able to enjoy the holiday season, but if this is you, and you are feeling low, please do reach out for help and support. It is okay to not be okay, but it is important that you reach out and talk about how you are feeling, either to a friend or family member, or to one of the organisations listed below.
The Samaritans – to support you in moments of crisis, and to help prevent crisis
Telephone: 116 123 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Cross Support Line – for support with loneliness
Tel: 0808 1963651
Hopeline UK – For children and young people up to the age of 35 experiencing thoughts of suicice
Telephone: 0800 063 4141
Text: 07860 039 967 Email: email@example.com
SHOUT – For mental health and wellbeing support for ages 18+
Text : SHOUT to 85258
THE MIX – For mental health and wellbeing support to U25s
Text : THE MIX to 85258
LGBT Foundation – help and support available for the LGBT community
Telephone: 0345 3 30 30 30 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Silverline – 24hour confidential helpline offering information, friendship and advice to over 55s
Telephone: 0800 4 70 80 90
Cruse Bereavement Support – for help and support with grief
Telephone: 0808 808 1677