Support at Christmas
The festive season can be a painful time of year and this year is no different. With economic uncertainty, this winter could be mentally challenging for lots of people.
If you struggle with mental illness or have experienced a bereavement, this time of year can feel even more isolating or lonely. These feelings can be exacerbated by the illusion that everyone else is enjoying the supposed ‘most wonderful time of the year’, even when this is almost certainly not the case.
But, there are ways to make Christmas and the festive period feel more manageable.
- Most importantly, remember you are not alone
We understand this time of year can be particularly challenging. We are here for you. Our confidential helpline, SANEline, will be open from 4pm to 10pm on 0300 304 7000 over the Christmas period, as it is every day of the year. We are also able to respond to emails at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can request text support via Textcare.
- Prepare in advance
If you know certain situations or conversations can negatively effect your mental health, it can help to take preparations to avoid or manage those encounters. Think about what has been helpful in the past and try to implement that over the festive season. This could be ensuring you have the right medication before the Christmas period, planning out meals or setting boundaries for what feels right for you.
- Prioritise your wellbeing
Christmas can be a stressful and busy time of year, no matter your personal circumstances. Take the time to prioritise your wellbeing, to look after yourself and be kind to yourself. Don’t put yourself under pressure to do things that might feel too much. Get lots of rest!
If you need help this Christmas, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. SANE provides emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. No matter the time of year, we’re here.