Posted by Amanda Crawford at 19/12/2018 10:17:32
It may be the season to be jolly but family pressures, expectations and money worries all build up. Those coping with other serious problems in their lives may feel lonely at a time when others are enjoying family life and get sad and low as a result.
But it’s not just Christmas that can cause stress. Everyday life can be stressful for some, with money or work worries, problems with a domestic situation, or with friends or family.
That’s why NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people that support is available.
Dr Bob Bowes, Chair of NHS West Kent CCG says: “Sometimes stress can be overwhelming. When it is, it’s important to talk to someone about it, and seek help in managing what may be a stressful time in your work or personal life.
“If someone is experiencing ongoing worries and problems they won’t vanish because it’s Christmas. Many people perceive a huge gap between the romance and the reality of the festive season.
“It’s easy to be lulled into thinking that everyone else is having a wonderful time – but this perception is often misguided. People who live on their own can experience a great deal of sadness at this time of year.”
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 east Kent, including for talking therapies, or phone 0800 567 7699.