Mental health and christmas time...

Christmas can be a very stressful time of year. If you are dealing with a mental illness then it can be particularly hard. 

Christmas can be lovely- all the presents, food, decorations, chocolate, family but it can also get too much. It can be a particularly lonely time of year for some, and although I love Christmas the shops and markets are a no go for me as it brings on my anxiety. I wanted to write a post for anyone out there who is struggling right now and is unsure where to turn. Below is a list of contact details for organisations which are there to help. Whether you just need someone to talk to, advice, or you are contemplating harming yourself please contact one of the below numbers and DO NOT SUFFER ALONE. 

Please know that you are not alone in this. There are so many people who are feeling the same as you and you should not go through this by yourself. As much as it's hard to see sometimes, things will get better and you can get through this. The people below will not judge you, they will listen, support and help you through this. So please take that step and reach out. 

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, aimed at young men feeling unhappy. It has a web chat service, and freephone phone lines. You can find its website here.
MIND is an organisation that aims to make sure nobody has to face a mental health problem by themselves. You can find its website here. The MIND infoline is 0300 123 3393.
It's an old cliche perhaps to call a Samaritan, but then The Samaritans do such wonderful work. You can talk to them around the clock on 08457-90-90-90.
PAPYRUS is a group that supports teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal. You can call them on 0800 068 4141.
The Depression Alliance can help those around you gain a better understanding of what depression is, and how it affects you. It has a directory of support groups around the country, here.
Students Against Depression's website is full of resources and information. It's just as useful for those worried about a friend as it is if you're facing depression yourself.
Maytree supports people feeling suicidal, but in a non-medical setting. Its website is here.
SANE offer support for anyone struggling with their mental health. You can call them on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm- 10.30pm daily) or find their website here for other means of contact.
Bipolar UK are a great organisation for those dealing with bipolar. You can call them on 0333 323 3880 or go here to get their contact email and other information.
Shell... My email address button is right there on the side bar so if you are struggling or need someone to talk to then send me an email and I will respond as soon as I can.

If you have any other organisations that are useful let me know and I will add them to the list.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing stay safe this Christmas and look after yourselves x

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