I know that Christmas and the festive season is not a happy time for everyone, but there are people who care, and who want to offer their support.
Here are the helpline numbers of a great collection of organisations who will do their best to help.
As a parent, I have a particular piece of advice to offer which was given to us by an experienced paramedic. If you feel your child needs urgent medical attention, do not have any qualms about dialling 999 or visiting A&E. They would rather be safe than sorry.
If you are suffering this festive period try to reach out – even if it’s just to one person – a family member, a close friend, even a colleague. If you are religious, you could talk to your priest, imam or vicar.
MIND (The Mental Health Charity)
Tel no: 0300 123 3393
RAPE CRISIS ENGLAND AND WALES
Tel: 0808 802 9999.
Tel no: 116 123
Tel no: 0800 9177 650
Infoline: 08000 50 20 20
LONDON LESBIAN AND GAY SWITCHBOARD
Tel No: 0207 837 7324
Tel no: 0300 304 7000
PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide)
Tel no: 0800 068 41 41
BEAUMONT SOCIETY (National self-help body for the Transgender community)
Information Line 01582 412220
Tel no: 0800 1111
Tel no: 0808 2000 247
BEAT (Beating eating disorders)
Helpline 0345 634 1414
Youth Line 0345 634 7650
Tel no: 0808 800 4444
Tel no: 111 (England) 0845 4647 (Wales)
NO PANIC (Anxiety Disorders)
Tel no: 0844 967 4848
Youth helpline: 01753 840393
If you feel there are organisations or other helpline numbers which should be added to this list, please let me know in the comments below.
I wish you a happy, healthy and safe festive season wherever you are.