Turning Point offers support to those affected by mental health issues this Christmas

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Christmas can be a difficult time for those affected by depression and other mental health issues. It is a time at which people are put under a lot of pressure which can come in the form of financial problems, social commitments or a lack of support from friends and/or family.

To help people cope over the festive period, Lorraine Moore, Turning Point’s mental health lead has offered a few bits of advice:

Talk to people around you: If you have a support network – use it. Talking about your problems can be a great way to overcome them.

Get involved: Being active in your local community is a positive way to build social relationships and increase your sense of achievement.

Stay active: Exercise will release hormones that improve your mood and help make you feel better about yourself. It is also important to get out of the house during the day – a bit of sunshine or fresh air each day can go a long way to helping you through the Christmas period.

Be prepared: It’s useful to remember that shops are operating selective opening times, so plan ahead to ensure you have your essentials over the festive period, including repeat prescriptions/medication.

Sleep well: A lack of sleep can interfere with your mood. Make sure you keep to a routine and get enough sleep.

If you want any further advice you can contact your local Turning Point service on 0207 481 7600 or via our website www.turning-point.co.uk.