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Christmas can be a joyful time of year; it's a chance to see family and friends, exchange gifts and have some fun. But it can also be a challenging time of year, and can be even more difficult to cope with for those of us with mental health problems.
Because of this, we have put together some useful resources for getting through the festive period:
Feelings of loneliness can feel stronger at Christmas and New Year. If this is something you’re struggling with, these tips on coping with loneliness could help.
Christmas time can also bring up a whole lot of practical and emotional issues which can be really stressful. Check out this info on coping under pressure.
The pressure to spend money on presents, decorations and travel can also trigger a lot of money worries. Check out our info on money and mental health here.
Remember, you’re not alone. There are some great blogs written for Mind on how difficult this time of year is, and how other people cope. Read them here.
The online community Elefriends is full of people who are really good at supporting each other when times are tough. Visit, be yourself, share and be heard.
Our confidential telephone helpline, Guide-Line, will be open as normal, every day throughout the festive period. Contact one of our friendly team on 01274 594 594, 12-9pm daily for information and support.
If you need urgent mental health support/ are in a crisis, please reach out for help. If you live in Bradford, Airedale, Craven or Wharfedale, call First Response on 01274 221 181, open 24/7.