Festive Season

What to write about the festive season.

For some of us it can be magical, time with family and friends, time off work, parties, holidays, food and drink, gifts, tress, music, colours.

For others it can be a nightmare we are dreading – missing those relatives who were her last year or previous years but have now died, missing the children who have left home, lack of money, partners who drink too much, depression brought on by seasonal disorders or excessive alcoholism, those of us with eating disorders who are surrounded by food, those who have issues with religions for various reasons, those who have PTSD impacted by the light and sounds.

This second group of people may be the ones you see who aren’t in the ‘Christmas spirit’ in the office or the high street. They may have a reason even if you don’t know it. Don’t dismiss or be angry at odd behaviours. Take a moment to ask them how they are, ask them if they’d like to talk, include them if you can and if they want to.

If you are in the second group and would like to talk to someone about your Festive Fears please do get in touch – you are not alone.

If I am closed or it is the holidays here are some numbers and websites:
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

Many people feel isolate, low, depressed, anxious or even suicidal around the time of year, please don’t feel you are alone – reach out to someone.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304