Christmas help available

A guide to surviving Christmas

Surviving christmas 2018 launch

People feeling lonely and vulnerable this Christmas are being offered a helping hand.

With advent well underway, the council has launched a special festive guide to help people beat the winter blues. The 'Surviving Christmas' campaign aims to help those suffering from anxiety and depression during the holiday period.

The booklet providing tips and advice to help people deal with pressures including debt, stress and loneliness and was produced in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire.

The survival guide was launched at a Suicide Prevention training course held at the Civic Centre in Motherwell on Tuesday 4 December.

Depute Leader of the Council Paul Kelly:"Christmas is a time of celebration but we also recognise that it can also be a period of great stress for people, especially those with mental health issues, financial worries and those concerned perhaps worried about suicide.

"Our 'Surviving Christmas' provides practical help and information to people who many need it at this particular time of the year and hopefully help take some of the stress out of the holiday period for those feeling under pressure. We all can play our part by looking out for friends and loved ones and also checking on those who are a bit more lonely or vulnerable and making sure they are doing alright."

Surviving christmas guide 2018 The booklet contains contact details for emergency services during the winter, financial and benefits help lines; stress control, domestic abuse support and alcoholics anonymous. Practical tips on staying safe at home and on nights out are also included.

Local businesses pubs, clubs, hospitals and hotels are all supporting the initiative and will have copies of the help booklet.

The 'Surviving Christmas' booklet can be downloaded from www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/safer

To take part in one of the Suicide Prevention courses visit: www.elament.org.uk/training/north-lanarkshire

If you do need help at any time please call Samaritans on 116 123 or Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87.

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