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18 Dec 2023

Support from SANE over Christmas

Mental health problems don’t stop for the holiday season. If you struggle with mental illness, care for someone who does or have experienced loss, this time of year can feel especially isolating or lonely.

Feelings can be exacerbated by expectations that everyone is or should be enjoying the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, but there are ways to manage the festive period.

You are not alone

This time of year is when those who suffer with their mental health can feel especially vulnerable. It can be hard looking after your wellbeing or someone else’s but we are here for you.

Our confidential helpline, SANEline, is open as normal from 4pm to 10pm on 0300 304 7000 throughout the holiday period – as it is every day of the year.

We respond to your emails at or you can request our text support service via Textcare.


If you know certain situations or conversations can negatively affect you, it can help to make preparations to avoid or manage those encounters. Think about what has been helpful in the past and try to implement it.

This could be ensuring that you have the right medication before the Christmas period, planning out meals or setting boundaries for what feels right for you, and remembering to order any repeat prescriptions in good time.

Be kind to yourself

It can be stressful and busy, no matter what your personal circumstances. Take time to prioritise your wellbeing and look after yourself. Make sure you have everyday essentials to help deal with the winter months ahead.

Remember, you don’t have to change a routine you feel helps you to cope just because it’s Christmas. Don’t put yourself under pressure to do things that might feel too much – and get plenty of rest.

If you need help, get in touch

No matter the time of year, we are here for anyone who needs help over the festive period and beyond. SANE provides emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers.

Call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 - from 4-10pm, 365 days of the year

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