Beat the winter blues

Surviving Christmas

Surviving Christmas 2019

People feeling lonely and vulnerable this festive season are being offered tips and advice to help beat the winter blues.  

North Lanarkshire Council has launched a special festive guide 'Surviving Christmas' aimed at those who may be suffering from anxiety, low mood or depression during the holiday period.

The booklet, produced in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire, contains information to help people cope with a range of issues including debt, stress and loneliness.

Lynne MacDonald, Suicide Prevention NL said: "We recognise that the Christmas and winter season can be very stressful for some people, especially for those who may have poor mental health or those with financial worries and for people feeling lonely.

"Our 'Surviving Christmas' guide provides practical advice for people who many need it at this particular time of the year and hopefully will help take some of the stress out of the holiday period for those feeling under pressure."

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

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

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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