December 2019

Christmas should be a time for food, fun, family and friends. But for many of the families, that is a Christmas they can only dream of. To those of you who might be struggling, or supporting someone who is struggling, we just wanted to share some of the ways you can find support and information during the holidays:               

  • Platt Bridge Start Well Family Centre Tel: 01942 487764
  • Elefriends is a really supportive online community where you can be yourself, share and be heard. There is someone on hand to speak to you every night till midnight.                                    
  • Samaritans are available to talk 24/7 about whatever is on your mind.
  • Mind Infoline has information on treatments and where to get help. It is open at different times for the holidays.
  • Mind’s A-Z of mental health information covers over 100 topics, including coping tips for a range of diagnoses, and ways that family and friends can support.      

What help could I get in a crisis?

I'm in crisis now and I need urgent help

If you don't feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help:

If you need urgent support but don't want to go to A&E, you could:

Support Services for Pupils and Families

Here’s a list of signposted providers that can offer counselling, coaching and other support that may help improve your overall wellbeing.

Stress & Anxiety



The Stress Management Society

The Big White Wall Support Network


Mental Health Matters

24 hour helpline 0800 1070160


NHS Live Well – Get Started

The Girl Can – Sport England

Living Streets

Swimming ASA

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy


Work / Life Balance

NHS Live Well – Work Place Health

Mental Health Foundation

Cycle Scheme

Home Life



Notational Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247


Childline 08001111


Your Body

NHS One Your Campaign

British Heart Foundation



NHS Live Well

NHS Smokefree

No Smoking Day


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