Christmas can be a tough time of year for a great many reasons. Anyone is vulnerable and each person has his or her own story which is unique to them.
The important thing to remember is that it is not a crime to feel down, blue, isolated or overwhelmed during the festive season and that there are people out here who can help you get through it.
The following is a list of help numbers and contacts on and offline which are open and available this year, 2012, for You. You don’t have to carry your burden or your loneliness alone. Please. Let someone help you to help yourself.
If you know of someone who is struggling and who is unable to help themselves, please put them in touch with an appropriate support organisation – or, if in doubt, do it for them. You could save a life – or at the very least, someone’s Christmas.
Please stay safe all and have a peaceful and restful holiday.
Merry Christmas to you.
Fleur. Founder of @NotAlone365.
- Suicide Prevention (US) 1-800-273-TALK (8255) FOR VETERANS PRESS 1 EN ESPAÑOL OPRIMA EL 2
- Preventing young suicide // www.papyrus-uk.org
- Twitter @Unsuicide /
“Not comfortable using a phone, seeking alternative help for emotional crisis? Directory of mental health services available online (live chat, email, forum, social media, telehealth, more):”
- Samaritans UK / 08457 90 90 90* (UK) 1850 60 90 90* (ROI)
Lines open 24 Hours a day.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- For people in Northern Ireland / 0808 808 8000
- NHS Direct UK / 0845 4647
- Twitter @NotAlone365 #notaloneatxmas
- Childline UK / 0800 1111
- @beatBeatbullying /
- Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network: Includes Grief and loss, bullying, trauma, disasters, abuse and neglect, medical trauma … and many other important issues.
- For Children Under 18 And In Need Of Support UK 0800 1111 Free and completely confidential
Pain / Disability:
- Arthritis Care Santa Service UK / 0808 800 4050
- MIND / UK 0300 123 3393
- SANELine / 0845 767 8000
A national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems.
If you’re worried about a child, we’re here 24/7 by phone and online. It’s free and you don’t have to say who you are.
- Eating Disorders Association / 0845 634 1414
- Family Lives / 0808 800 2222/
Family Lives offers a confidential helpline service which is free from landlines and most mobiles. Our opening hours are 7am – midnight. If you need to speak to someone during the night we can divert your call to the Samaritans who are available to offer emotional support. We currently answer 90% of callers with over 70% answered first time. If you don’t get answered first time please do try again.
Grief, Trauma, Loss:
- Miscarriage Association UK: 01924 20079
@MiscarriageA / #MiscarriageLetsTalkAboutIt
- Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network:
Includes Grief and loss, bullying, trauma, disasters, abuse and neglect, medical trauma … and many other important issues.
- Cruse Bereavement Care helpline : 0844 477 9400 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Cruse promotes the well-being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
Alcohol and Drugs:
- Alcoholics Anonymous / 0845 769 7555 /
- Frank; Call Free 0800 77 66 00 Or Text 82111 – Open 24/7 365 Days
For People With Drug And Alcahol Issues – You Can Use This Even If You Are Worried About A Friend Text with a question and they will text you back or visit their web-site
For Further Help And Support http://talktofrank.com
Domestic violence / abuse:
- Womens Aid – Freephone 0808 2000 247 – 24 Hour Helpline
For Help And Support For Those Who Need Help With Domestic Violence
- Refuge / 0808 2000 247
- @OneStopKingston – 07917 271 549
Drop in service providing advice and support to those experiencing domestic abuse in the Royal Borough of Kingston.
- @beatBeatbullying /
- London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard / 0207 837 7324
This list was compiled and posted by @NotAlone365 here as the NotAlone365 site is unfortunately down this evening.
The Ramblings of Mrs Bebe blog: here
Aunty Cags (Twitter: @therealnicebrit )
Many contributions by our Twitter followers on @NotAlone365, thank you to all.