Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it is normal that the extra pressure of the holiday season can affect your mental health.

You may be feeling like you aren’t enjoying the things you usually do this time of year. You may be worried about friends and family or other things happening in the world. You are not alone. There are all sorts of reasons you might find this time of year difficult, and it’s OK to feel this way. After a year of uncertainty and change, many of us will be struggling to get into the festive spirit this holiday season.

Over Christmas and New Year, it is important to look after our emotional and physical wellbeing. In case it’s helpful, we have gathered some tips and resources to help you look after your mental health.

If Christmas is a hard time for you, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. There are things you can try that might help, such as:

If you are finding things hard this Christmas, you are not alone – use the details below to access support:

  • Sussex Mental Healthlineis there to offer support and point you in the right direction about where to get help should you need it. The number is 0800 0308 500.
  • The Samaritans provide help and support to people in a crisis 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact them by phone on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org
  • Mind offer a wide range of information including details of local contacts and support groups. Call 0300 123 3393 or visit mind.org.uk

Local Support Available

Find out about services that can help with specific issues, like mental health support, and what to do if you can’t get food, medicines, or are lonely and isolated, on your council’s website:

Brighton and Hove Community Support Telephone: 01273 293117 

West Sussex Support Team Telephone: 033 022 27980 (Lines are open 8.00am – 8.00pm)

NHS Volunteer Responders are also still providing vital support to people vulnerable to COVID-19 and this will continue until at least March 2021. The scheme continues to accept new referrals, and volunteers are ready to provide vital support to those who meet the criteria. You can contact the NHS Volunteer Responder Service online or call on 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm seven days a week).