Christmas is a difficult time of year for many people; particularly those who are vulnerable, lonely or are struggling to cope.
Warwickshire has a range of mental health and wellbeing support services available to help those who are struggling to cope over the festive period. Not just face to face; you can go online, call a helpline or even borrow a self-help book from a Warwickshire library.
Speak to someone in person at Warwickshire Wellbeing Hubs – for more information on free one to one support, walk-in sessions and drop-in sessions visit cwmind.org.uk/wbw or call 02477 712288. Please see Christmas opening times for North, Rugby and South.
Go online at bigwhitewall.com to access their completely anonymous online community, free to people living in Warwickshire and available 24/7.
Visit Warwickshire Libraries for Reading Well Books on Prescription (BOP) recommended self-help books, audio CDs and e-books warwickshire.gov.uk/booksonprescription
Telephone a team of trained and experienced support workers – 24/7 via the Mental Health Matters Helpline on 0800 61 61 71 and 0300 330 5487 for mobiles, or online chat at: www.mentalhealthmatters.com/our-services/helpline-services/time-online
Find out more about these services at warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth
Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “The County Council is raising awareness of the wide range of support services on offer to help people who are feeling low, stressed or struggling to cope over the Christmas period, which we know can prove to be a challenging and lonely time for some.
“These services are available throughout Christmas and accessible to all. Go online, pick up the telephone or meet with support workers who are there to help those in need during the festive season.
“Christmas is often a happy time of celebration, however not everyone has this experience, which is why we promote these support services to help them through this sometimes difficult time of year”.
To find out more about the Mental Health and Wellbeing support services available within Warwickshire, visit warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth