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Explains how the period around Christmas and new year might affect your mental health. Gives tips on how to cope and suggestions for supporting someone else.
0808 801 0677 (adult helpline)
0808 801 0711 (youthline)
0808 801 0811 (studentline)
Offers information on eating disorders and runs a supportive online community. Also provides a directory of support services at helpfinder.
Helpline services will be open 4pm–8pm from 24 December to 1 January.
Helpline services are open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year.
Support line open until 24 December at 6pm, and reopening on 2 January 2020.
The women’s helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can contact them online and they will ask for a safe way to respond to you.
We aren’t sure what the men’s advice line is doing over Christmas. You could send them an email, but they might not reply until January.
Non-emergency medical help and advice for people in England and some areas of Wales.
Helpline available 24/7.
Information about health problems and treatments, including details of local NHS services in England.
The NHS website is always available.
We’re not sure what Relate are doing over Christmas, and it might vary depending on which branch. You could send them an email, but they might not reply until January.
Information and support for people affected by stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth.
We’re not sure what Tommy’s is doing over Christmas. You can send them an email, but they might not reply until January. For urgent medical advice call NHS 111 / NHS Direct Wales. In an emergency, go straight to A&E or call 999.
Emergency food and support for people in need. Includes a searchable list of local foodbanks.
Each foodbank will arrange its own Christmas hours. It’s important to remember that you need a voucher from their referral agency first, so find your nearest foodbank, and find out when their referral agency is open too.
This information was published in December 2019. We will revise it in 2020.
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