The Pressure of Christmas

It’s that time of year when according to most Christmas songs it’s either going to be ‘The most wonderful time of the year’ or Everyone is ‘Simply having a wonderful Christmas time’

However we all know that this is simply not true for everyone – The build up to Christmas comes and awful things still happen, have happened or are happening and for some reason we skirt around it. A time to ‘forget’ about those whose Christmas they could just do without. Let alone the constant reminders that bombard us from practically every single piece of media we own.

This time of year can also be a painful reminder of all those who are no longer with us, for all the difficulties in life that have happened to come back and remind us about them.

And what do we do as a country – we shut down and are not available.

So I thought I would compile a list of organisations available nationwide who will be on call either online or by telephone, who you can contact when or if you feel you need to.

Remember if you are actively suicidal or or worried about someone who is actively suicidal then always call 999


0300 304 7000
4.30pm – 10.30pm daily



For urgent medical attention, your options are Accident & Emergency (A&E) and Emergency GP appointments.

For urgent medical advice you can call the NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct (Wales).

Samaritans – open 24/7

phone on 116 123

To find support more local to you that isn’t for an emergency try