Twelve Days of Christmas Care – on the eighth day, mental health support over the holidays

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As part of NHS Mid Essex CCG’s 12 Days of Christmas Care campaign, today we’re highlighting how to access mental health support over the holidays.

Twelve days of Christmas care

For many people, Christmas may not be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. Feelings of loneliness, isolation and stress can sometimes overwhelm the festivities.

If you can offer support in any way to someone who may find the Christmas and New Year period difficult, please make that kind gesture. No matter how small, a show of support can make a huge difference.

There are many organisations running helplines over the bank holidays, many of them open 24 hours a day:

The Samaritans provide emotional support to anyone who may need it. Not only to those having suicidal thoughts. Call for free on 116 123, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email them. 

The Silver Line
The Silver Line provides information, friendship and advice to older people. Call for free on 0800 470 80 90.

Childline provides information and advice to children, along with providing support and guidance. Call for free on 0800 1111.

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health crisis, the out of hours urgent care number is 0330 726 0130.

If you feel someone requires immediate care, due to thoughts they may be having of harming themselves or others, please take them to A&E or call 999 if you feel this is the safest way of helping them.