Skip to content

The Christmas holiday is a period where people spend time with friends, family and carers, where they reflect on the year just passed, and where they look forward to the new year ahead. It can be a time of joy and celebration. But amongst all the festivities, it is normal for people to feel sad or worried, or struggle with their mental health – just as they would at other times of the year.  

Sometimes the festive period can be more difficult than other times of the year. Lots of things can make Christmas a sad or tricky time, such as dealing with grief or the death of a loved one, or feeling lonely. For some people, even if they don’t celebrate Christmas, the festive period and change of routine might make them feel less well than at other times of the year.  

If you are feeling this way, know that you are not alone. Lots of people can struggle Christmas, and there are lots of people you can go to for support, who will listen to you and will try to help and understand.  

Here are some useful contacts: 

Crisis Tools helps you support young people in crisis. Short accessible video guides and text resources are available for freehere. 

The Hub of Hope is a mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHSmental health supportand services together in one place. 

The Mix provides free, confidential support for young people under 25. Call: 0808 808 4994 (3pm-midnight every day) oremail. 

YoungMinds provide lots of tips for staying well over the Christmas period.   

Christmas can be a daunting time, and a time you might feel more pressure to feel or be a certain way. Make sure you are kind to yourself over the Christmas period, and know it is okay to struggle and to talk about your feelings.  

Related News Articles