Mental Health and Wellbeing This Christmas

21 December 2018

 Mental Health and Wellbeing This Christmas

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) is encouraging people to consider the mental health and wellbeing of themselves and those around them during this festive period.

Although this time is for many a period for celebration, it can also be a difficult time for some people including those who experience mental ill-health.

There are many ways to look after your own mental health, such as keeping in touch with friends and family, planning things in advanced to reduce stress, drinking safely and keeping active.

Avril Devaney, CWP Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnerships at CWP says “Keeping in touch and reaching out to those who may be isolated or separated from loved ones this season can help to alleviate feelings of loneliness, and could make a big difference to someone over Christmas.”

There are many support and crisis services operating 24 hours over the holiday period. If you or someone you know is alone this Christmas there is support out there - please contact your GP or one of the organisations listed below:

 Age UK - 01606 720 434 (http://www.ageuk.org.uk/cheshire/our-services/)
Friends of the Elderly – Be a Friend Today Campaign 020 7730 8263 (http://www.beafriendtoday.org.uk/)
MIND -0300 123 3393 
Samaritans - 08457 90 90 90
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - 0800 58 58 58 or text 07537 404717

CWP provides mental health and learning disability services across Cheshire and Wirral, as well as community physical health services in West Cheshire and specialist services in Liverpool, Halton, Bolton, Warrington, Sefton and Trafford.

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