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 and advice on eating disorders, and runs a supportive online community. Also provides a directory of support services at HelpFinder.
Beat's helpline services will be open 4pm–9pm from 24 December to 1 January.
The Compassionate Friends helpline is open 10am–4pm and 7pm–10pm every day.
Cruse's helpline opening hours will vary over the Christmas period, although it will be open at least 10am–2pm each day.
The Men's Advice Line will be closed on 25 and 26 December, and on 1 January. Otherwise, it will be open 9am–8pm Monday to Friday, as usual.
The Money Advice Service helpline will be open 8am–3pm on 24 December and 31 December and closed from 25 to 28 December and on 1 January.
Otherwise it will be open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm, as usual.
NAPAC's support line will be closed from 3pm on 24 December to 10am on 4 January.
0808 2000 247
Free 24-hour helpline for women who have experienced domestic abuse and violence, with all female advisors. Also offers a live chat and can help to find refuge accommodation. Run by the domestic violence charity Refuge.
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.
111 (Hywel Dda, Powys, Aneurin Bevan and Swansea Bay (including Brigend) Health Boards)
0845 46 47 (all other areas of Wales)
Non-emergency medical help and advice for people living in Wales. The contact number for this service differs depending on which area of Wales you are in.
NHS 111 Wales is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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. It may help to find your nearest Relate and contact them directly.
116 123 (freephone)
Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).
Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).
Shout's textline is available 24/7, if you are struggling to cope and need to talk.
Information and support for people affected by stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth.
Tommy's don't have a helpline. If you want to ask one of Tommy's midwives about your pregnancy, you can email [email protected].
Emergency food and support for people in need. Includes a searchable list of local foodbanks.
This information was published in December 2020. We will revise it in 2021.
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