This time of year is usually full of celebration with family, with happiness and life. This can be overwhelming for people with anxiety or depression, it can cause uncomfortableness for people with OCD or spectrum diagnosis, it can reopen bereavement wounds believed to be healed to name but a few.
I would like to share a version of Yule that I find comforting. And at the end I will also share some local support numbers for those of you in need, or if you know someone who may benefit from them.
Yule historically has been about life, and light in the darkness, about making it through the cold, long winter and welcoming spring. About the hope of survival and the future. This is why lights on trees and wreaths are lit and yule logs are burnt, why evergreen boughs are brought into the home and people feast and spend time with family. These are representations of hope and future. Maybe this version of the winter feast will make a connection with you? To help you fight through the darkness, whether it be darkness caused depression, anxiety or bereavement, maybe you can hope for the future, hold a light until the darkness fades, have hope for new life by enjoying the green leaves of the holly and fir trees.
If you are struggling at this time of year and if I am closed or it is the holidays here are some numbers and websites that may help:
Samaritans – 116123 https://www.samaritans.org/
Accesss Team – 03001230907
Childline – 0800 1111 childline.org.uk
Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline – 0808 800 2234
And remember if in doubt call 999 for immediate support
If you would like support with mental health issues or you’d like video, telephone or face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07598810304