Mental health over the festive season

Support available for those who may be struggling.

Mental wellbeing support is available over the festive period for anyone who may be struggling during this time.

Those experiencing low mood, stress, anxiety or depression are being urged to seek help and not wait until after the festive season is past.

Mental Wellbeing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“It is vital we all look after ourselves, and each other, at this time of year. Not everybody finds the festive season full of fun. And not everyone has a family around them, and can find themselves on their own at Christmas and New Year.

“There can be many triggers including existing family tensions, anniversaries of a life-changing event around this time and even the pressure of Christmas for some can be too much.

“All that on top of what we have all been through with the challenging times of the pandemic and the shorter, darker winter days, it can seem really bleak for some.

“But there is help and support available and I want people to know they are not alone. Often the hardest step is making that first call.

“I urge anyone who is feeling low or anxious to reach out to Breathing Space, the Samaritans or NHS 24 Mental Health Hub.

“I am also asking if you know of somebody who will be on their own over the festive period to check in on them. Often that one act can make a huge difference to a person’s mental wellbeing.”


Clear Your Head has more information to help you cope, and advice on how you can support other people who you think might be struggling – visit

If you need to talk to someone, you can call these free services:

  • NHS 24 on 111 if you need urgent support for your mental or emotional health.
  • Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 -if you’re experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety
  • Samaritans on 116 123, or email, for confidential emotional support if you're in distress or despair. Open 24 hours a day.


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