Posted by Amanda Crawford at 27/12/2017 09:52:06
NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking local people to be mindful of the extra pressure that Christmas and the New Year can bring.
Dr Bob Bowes, GP in Tunbridge Wells and CCG chair, said: “The festive period can be demanding and stressful for many people.
“Family issues, financial concerns and the desire to give friends and relatives the best Christmas can all add to stress.
“Therefore it is important to talk to friends or family and discuss your state of mind, particularly if you feel overwhelmed.
“If anyone feels that their sadness and negative feelings are impacting their day-to-day life, they should not suffer in silence.”
For people already coping with serious problems in their lives, the festive season may make them feel significantly worse.
People with money or work worries, relationship problems or those who care for someone with a long-term health condition can also be at higher risk of anxiety and depression.
That’s why the CCG is reminding people that support is available.
Dr Bowes added: “It is easy to think that everyone is having a wonderful time at Christmas but for those experiencing anxiety, depression and ongoing worries, the festivities don’t make their problems disappear.
“People who live on their own can be particularly vulnerable to sadness at this time of year but there are a number of services that can help.”
The Mental Health Matters helpline (0800 107 0160) offers confidential emotional support and guidance for people in Kent and Medway 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Helpline staff are trained in counselling, so can provide support over the phone. And they also have details of local and national services if people want more support.
Samaritans provides confidential support for anyone feeling down, depressed or anxious, as well as those who may be feeling despair. Volunteers can be contacted 24/7 on 116 123 (UK), or email email@example.com or face-to-face; visit www.samaritans.org for details of your local branch.
Live Well Kent can help people improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is a free service for anyone over 17. Visit the website https://livewellkent.org.uk to find lots of information about opportunities in west Kent, including for talking therapies, or phone 0800 567 7699. For further advice and information, visit www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/mental-health