Looking after your mental health in winter months
The Christmas season is meant to be a time of joy, but for many people it can be a time of stress, anxiety, disappointment or loneliness.
Feelings of isolation, financial pressures or increased family conflict can make this a very stressful time of year.
One in three people in the UK suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and many more find cold, dark winter days adversely affect their mental health.
Mental health services, such as the Samaritans, report an increase in calls at this time of year, with people reporting their mental health problems are exacerbated during winter months.
If you're feeling low, it's important to remember that you're not alone and you can get help.
These organisations provide advice, information or support
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Mind BLMK provides information and support and has phone numbers for local crisis support.
Samaritans offer a telephone support service for people who want to talk to someone confidentially.
Rethink has a range of information and advice, and can put you in touch with support groups.
NHS Choices website has advice for people experiencing suicidal thoughts, including warning signs to look out for.
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