Don't Spend Summer Under a Cloud

14 August 2017

For many of us, summer means sunshine and a chance to spend time with friends and family. For some, however, the holiday season can bring additional stresses which can affect our mood and mental health. 

With social media feeds showing us a seemingly never-ending stream of sunsets, smiles and swimming pools, it’s easy to feel as though we’re missing out if we’re feeling low or struggling to manage family life now that the school summer break is in full swing. 

“Our mental health can affect any of us at any time of year, whatever our circumstances,” says Ryan Forrest, deputy operations manager at Access Sefton, Sefton’s NHS talking therapies service. 

“Summer is widely seen as the ‘feel good’ season, but if you’re experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, the added pressures of the holidays can make it even more difficult to cope. 

“It can be a particularly anxious time for parents juggling childcare commitments, finances and jobs, and for young people facing exam results and making big life choices. 

“Our talking therapies services are free to anyone aged 16-plus and registered with a GP in Sefton, and can really make a positive difference.” 

As well as anxiety, depression and stress, talking therapies are clinically proven to be an effective treatment for other common mental health conditions, including phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic. 

To find out how Access Sefton’s NHS-approved treatments can help you, call 0300 303 2708 or visit to make a self-referral.

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