Mental Health at Christmas, suicide rates spike over the Christmas holidays. According to statistics provided by the well-known UK charity The Samaritans, men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.
Even without factoring in suicide, the festive period can also drive depression, substance misuse and many other mental health issues.
Money worries, employment issues, housing, anniversaries, isolation and loneliness can all be significant triggers for people’s mental health.
If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health during Christmas, you can draw upon:

  1. Friends and family – just talking to others about your worries and issues can really reduce anxiety and isolation.
  2. Calling The Samaritans or MIND- both charities provide confidential and free phone lines, text messaging support and email services.
  3. Your GP – provided your service is open over Christmas, visit your GP for referrals to other mental health services.
  4. Local charities – if you or someone you know is isolated over Christmas, there are many local charities which usually remain open for the support over the festive period. The Salvation Army is one organisation who provide services over this period.
  5. Emergency services -if things are at crisis point, don’t be afraid to call 111 or 999. It’s important to take feelings or thoughts of suicide seriously and the health services are there to support those in crisis.

Remember – Christmas can be a really difficult time for some people. Check on your colleagues, neighbours, family and friends if you think their mental health is at risk. And never be afraid to reach out and find support if you too find it a difficult time.
For more ideas on looking after your mental health at Christmas visit: advice

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