Whilst the festive period is an exciting time for lots of people, it can also present challenges for many.  For example, some people may feel lonely over Christmas, others may feel anxious about spending time with family.  Many will be worrying about the cost of living.  Some will be living with a mental health condition which may be worsened by the change in routine.  If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, help is at hand.

In a mental health crisis, call The Samaritans for free: 116 123

For talking therapies, call 24/7 Support and Connect: 0800 0126549  /  24/7 Support & Connect – Vita

For younger people aged 11-25, Off The Record Bristol – https://www.otrbristol.org.uk/

Or call your GP or out of hours service for help.

Remember that you are not alone and help is available.  There are some great tips on the Mind website about how to cope at Christmas: Mind.org.uk