Mental Health Support and Advice

You’re not alone this Christmas– help is here

Whilst the festive period is a time of joy, for some it can be a challenging time for many reasons. The uncertainty over how the cost of living crisis will affect Christmas this year, the usual pressures such as expectations to socialise, family arguments, expectations to have the perfect Christmas, heightened feelings of loss or grief and loneliness, social media (one-upmanship) and increased consumption of alcohol all can take their toll.

If you or a loved one are struggling, there is help available and we urge you to seek it. If you can, please also check in on a neighbour – this small act of kindness could make their day.

It’s also worth reminding you of our employee assistance programme provided by TimeforTalking. Time for Talking (TfT) provide psychological, emotional and practical support, which can be accessed by any employee when they need it, especially at Christmas.

Employees can contact Time for Talking on 0800 970 3980 or chat online to a counsellor through their Live Chat using the password TfTnow.

All chats are totally confidential, people don’t need to give their name or email address unless they want to.

More information on Time for Talking can be found on the Interchange

Additionally you can find helpful contacts on a range of services by visiting our Support Services Guide on the interchange:

This guide has information about both local and national providers where you can seek help, advice or support on emotional, physical, psychological and personal wellbeing,

If you are worried about your financial position or struggling with bills there is information available on the Cost of Living Hub where you can find support that is right for you. Find out more here:

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