HELP is available in Warwickshire for those struggling with their mental health this Christmas.
The festive season is associated with joy and celebration but the added social, financial and family pressures means it can be a difficult time for many people, especially those who are vulnerable, lonely or facing challenging life circumstances.
But there are things they can do to protect their mental wellbeing, as well as a wealth of support networks available in the county.
One in four people will experience mental health difficulties and it can be hard to open up and talk about them.
Anyone struggling or feeling overwhelmed is encouraged to ask for help.
There are also some simple ways to take care of yourself over Christmas including taking time out to sit down and relax, setting boundaries on your time and your expectations from others. getting out in the fresh air for a walk, even if it’s just around the block, checking in with a friend or neighbour for a chat and taking a break from social media and screens.
While Wellbeing for Warwickshire – commissioned by both Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council – is a collection of partners including Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, South Warwickshire and Worcestershire Mind, KeyRing, Connect Assist and Kooth PLC, with a key focus on providing support in the community to prevent those who may be struggling to cope from reaching crisis point.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Mental Wellbeing Line on 0800 616171 is available 24/7 over the Christmas period, including Christmas Day and bank holidays.
For ‘in person’ support, Warwickshire Wellbeing Hubs have opening hours throughout the holidays. These hubs are friendly spaces that provide social support in a café environment.
Residents can also access support online via anonymous counselling, chat and discussion forums from Kooth (age 16 to 25) and Qwell (aged 26+). Visit https://wellbeingforwarwickshire.org.uk/anonymous-web-support-on-any-device/ to find out more.
Anyone experiencing thoughts of suicide or significant self-harm can get help and support at dearlife.org.uk for themselves or someone they know. For urgent mental health crisis support call the Mental Health Access Hub on Freephone 08081 966798. If there is immediate risk to life, call 999.