The Christmas and New Year festive season can be a joyous time for most, celebrated with friends and loved ones. However, many people can be gripped by stress, anxiety and loneliness.
To help people cope with loneliness, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has produced a short animation, with handy tips and advice on how to maintain good mental health and wellbeing.
Nearly a million older people say they feel lonelier at Christmas time, especially those age 65 and over, who are especially vulnerable to isolation, which can have a serious effect on health. According to Age UK some older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
Feeling lonely isn’t in itself a mental health problem, but the two are strongly linked. Having a mental health problem increases your chance of feeling lonely, and feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health.
Steve Hull, Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality said: “Christmas can be a difficult time of year for some people, leading to a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing. We hope the advice in our animation provides some help for our service users and carers, especially those who live alone.”
For anyone struggling over the festive period with stress, anxiety or feeling they can’t cope with day-to-day life, including thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please visit the help in a crisis page on the Trust’s website for support and advice: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/help-in-a-crisis