Support from Mind
Christmas can be a joyful time of year. A chance to see family and friends, exchange gifts and have some fun.
But for many of us it can be really challenging, and for those of us with a mental health problem, coping can be even more difficult.
Because of this, we have put together some useful resources for getting through the festive period:
- Feelings of loneliness can feel stronger at Christmas. If this is something you’re struggling with, you might find our information helpful.
- Christmas time can also bring up a whole lot of practical and emotional issues which can be really stressful. See our tips to help you manage.
- Remember, you’re not the only one struggling. We’ve had some great bloggers write for us on how difficult this time of year is. Read them here.
- Elefriends (our online community) are really good at supporting each other when times are tough. Visit, be yourself, share and be heard.
- The Mind Infoline can give you information on diagnosis, treatments and types of support. They are still open during the holidays, just at slightly different times. Call, and if no-one’s there, you can text or email and they’ll get back to you.
We hope this helps.
Remember, take one minute, hour or day at a time. Things may feel easier in January.
Take care and stay safe,
Eleanor from Mind
P.S. If things have got so bad you’re feeling unsafe, the quickest way to get help is calling 999 or going to A&E. Our information on crisis services explains what might happen if you do, and other types of crisis support which might be available.
Choose Well in North Tyneside – Support from TyneHealth (GP Federation)
Each month TyneHealth sends a newsletter to keep you up to speed with all of the extra services available from GP practices in North Tyneside. This month the key theme is Christmas and Winter. Your GP practice has made appointments available to phone up and come same day for the 3 weeks 18 Dec to 4 Jan, so do use your GP practice and the people you know rather than A&E (keep A&E available for people who have Accidents and Emergencies).
Your GP practice can book you into an appointment in the evening or Saturday or Sunday if that’s more convenient to you. It may be at a different location. If you do need a GP or nurse appointment over Christmas or New Year, then there’s a number to call at weekends when your practice is closed.
Download the newsletter (in colour, low resolution pictures) here. The link https://portal.gpteamnet.co.uk/Library/ViewItem/60e5e7df-50be-4847-a0d1-a84201190c7e will take you to a web page where you can download versions for printing – a high resolution colour one and a black-and-white one (if printing in black and white, please use the relevant version).
Hugo Minney (Chief Executive), PhD FAPM FCMI
TyneHealth – thinking differently about healthcare
Tel 07786 961837
Correspondence Monkseaton Medical Centre, Cauldwell Ave, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear NE25 9PH
Federation Administrator: Claudia Kern – 0191 252 1616 #4 & Claudia.Kern@nhs.net (Mon – Thu)
TyneHealth Ltd is a company registered in England registration number 05927008