Help and support this Christmas

Help and support this Christmas

Christmas can be a bit shit for some people, and it’s something we can’t avoid and shouldn’t ignore. I’m lucky that this December I’ll be looking forward to my work Christmas party, going home to put up a 7 foot tree (my mum likes to go overboard) and spending the big day eating a four bird roast (my mum likes to go really overboard).

Not everyone is this lucky.

Some families may have experienced grief in 2016 and the first Christmas will be a difficult time. I've been there, and trust me when I say that the first Christmas without my dad was the hardest.

A medical condition could put someone under a lot of pressure to appear to be enjoying the season when it’s mentally or physically tough for them.

Mums with post-natal depression may feel as though they need to put on the perfect family Christmas when they’re really struggling.

Someone may be spending Christmas alone or on the streets.

Both women and men might be experiencing abuse at home.

There is support available. If you are reading this and need help, please see the support lines below and call them. Please, reach out. You are not alone this Christmas. If you’re reading this and know someone who needs help or support, please pass on this information.

If you need to talk about anything or if you’re struggling to cope: 
The Samaritans: 116 123

If you have experienced grief: 
Cruse Bereavement Care: 0808 808 1677

For mental health information and support: 
Mind: 0300 123 3393

LGBT support services: 
LGBT Foundation: 0345 3 30 30 30

To help the homeless:
Tell someone about a rough sleeper via Streetlink: 0300 500 0914
Shelter housing support: 0808 800 4444 

Domestic Abuse:
Men’s adviceline: 0808 801 0327 
Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247 

Support for Children: 
Childline: 0800 11 11

The support lines above are correct as of 4th December and if you’re reading this and know of any other support services which you feel need to be added, please get in touch.

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