Mental Health support for Christmas blues

For many Christmas is a time for family, fun and festivities. But not everyone is so lucky. For those dealing with depression and isolation, the festive period can be a very difficult time. Added to which many families this year will feel the impact of the rising cost of living. Not just on their pocket and their family, but on their own mental health too. Often people in need of support struggle to know where to go and who to talk to, but it doesn’t need to be this way.

With that in mind, Open Mental health (OMH) is providing support across the festive season. OMH is an alliance of mental health organisations who provide a single point of access for mental health support across Somerset. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they provide support for everyone. Even those who may not feel like they are in crisis, with a place to go no matter their mental health need.

At this time of year some health services will not be operating as normal, but OMH will be. They want to get the message out there that people in crisis have someone ready to listen no matter the time.

Crisis Safe Spaces also provide vital out-of-hours support for those in mental health crisis. Providing anyone over 18 with somewhere they can go for dedicated, non-judgemental support.

So far this year 1,482 people have used this life-saving service in Somerset. Data from April 22 shows that while the main three concerns people have been anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, the range of worries and challenges people are facing is incredibly broad.  The most important thing is that no matter what people are struggling with, dedicated mental health support is there for them.

Open Mental Health’s 24/7 helpline – is open all day every day to take your call if you are in crisis. They can refer onto other mental health services. The number to call is: 01823 276892 or 0800 138 1692

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