For most of us, Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends. But for people living on their own or struggling with mental health issues, it can be a difficult time of year.
If you are not looking forward to the Christmas, and not just the Grinches amongst us, the Priory Group has posted a blog on How can Christmas affect your mental health? The article outlines some of challenges people may be facing and offers some solutions for dealing with them.
Help is available!
Whatever the challenges you are facing over the holiday season, if you are a young person in need of urgent help, you are not on your own. There are organisations that you can reach out to for help. For example, the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger is a free text service that is available 24/7 throughout the holidays.
You can reach the service by texting a message to 85258 . Trained volunteers will introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said, and invite you to share how you’re feeling. You’ll text each other, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you think through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place. You might be signposted to other services, so that you can continue to get support.
The crisis messenger service can help with urgent issues such as:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Abuse or assault
- Relationship issues
The service is free and anonymous – although if the volunteer believes you are at immediate risk of harm, they may share your details with people who can provide support. For more information, visit the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger web page.