It’s OK not to feel OK, even over Christmas and New Year.
Whether it’s just the build up to the festive period, the ongoing challenge of day to day stresses or a longer-term issue, feeling low or at rock bottom at any time can make it hard to talk about your feelings.
Christmas and New Year can make these feelings even more noticeable, at a time when others are enjoying the festivities.
The most important thing is to talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. It could be your GP, a friend, relation or colleague. Sometimes all it needs is to know someone cares enough to #asktwice and listen for you to start feeling like you again.
So, this festive season, show you care - check on family, friends or neighbours. If they say they’re fine, #asktwice and make sure they really are.
There’s plenty of support available including:
Samaritans – 24/7 phone line. Call 116 123 or visit their website https://www.samaritans.org/
SHOUT – 24/7 text support. Text SHOUT to 85258
NHS One You – Every Mind Matters – online tools and tips to help you. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
KOOTH – online support for young people. Visit www.kooth.com
Bucks Mind – online advice and tips plus useful contacts. Visit www.bucksmind.org.uk
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call 999 or go to A&E immediately (for Buckinghamshire, A&E is at Stoke Mandeville Hospital).