Christmas Advent

Join us for 25 days of festive themed wellbeing tips, activities and easy ways to fundraise for Mental Health UK! And check out last year’s advent calendar below, for a flavour of what is to come.

2020 Advent Calendar

Day 1. A Christmas appeal

Today we launch our Christmas appeal. This year, more than ever, your support matters to help us keep our communities connected. Help us continue our life-changing work by donating.

Day 2. Join Clic our online community

Clic, is our free online peer support community here to help everyone’s mental health. Create your profile today and access mental health advice, forums and online chat.

Day 3. Amazon smile

Did you know you can support Mental Health UK when you shop using Amazon Smile? It costs you nothing but it’s really easy to set up and we receive 0.5% of all eligible purchases as a donation.

Day 4. A Christmas craft

Our partners Craft World have shared their step by step guide to creating your own cards. Craft can help with mindfulness and wellbeing – what are you waiting for?… Get creative today!

Day 5. A festive recipe

BBC Goodfood have shared their favourite festive recipes with us, including this delicious apple and cranberry chutney.

Day 6. A wellbeing tip

Contrary to what we see and hear on social media, it’s OK to not be feeling on top of everything and happy throughout the festive season. If you find yourself in emotional distress or need to speak to someone, you can call Samaritans on 116 123 or connect wth other people on our online community Clic.

Day 7. A festive giveaway!

Our partners A.G. Barr have given us a year’s supply of their delicious @lejoliwater drink to give away to one of our lucky supporters! To be in with a chance of winning, just follow us on Instagram (@mhealthuk), like today’s post and tag a friend!

Day 8. A festive recipe

On your marks, get set, bake! Try your hand at this Christmas biscuit recipe from Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain

Day 9. A Wellbeing tip

Take a moment to think about what you enjoy doing. It could be reading, going for a walk, chatting to a friend or family member on the phone, having a bath, getting crafty. Ensure you take time for yourself to do this. It’s important. Check out what’s behind day 4’s window for different craft ideas!

Day 10. Get moving for Mental Health

Join hundreds of people up and down the UK who are moving it for mental health over the festive period and into the new year. Do something to help your wellbeing while moving forward together for mental health.

Day 11. A wellbeing tip

Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Good-quality sleep is more important than the amount of sleep that you get and it helps to keep you feeling healthy. Try exercising regularly and getting into a sleep pattern to help.
You can find more info on our website.

Day 12. A Christmas appeal

This year, more than ever your support matters to help us keep our communities connected. Whether it’s through digital or local peer support, you can help us continue our life-changing work by donating to our Christmas appeal today.

Day 13. A festive recipe

It’s another recipe from us today! Try this delicious chocolate biscuit from BBC Good Food. Planning on making it? Tag is in a photo of your finished batch on Instagram (@mhealthuk)

Day 14. My 2020 Photo Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered My 2020 Photo – our first photography competition! We were blown away by your creativity! We are proud to announce the winners with you today over on our Instagram page (@mhealthuk).

Day 15. Amazon smile

Donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to Mental Health UK when you shop using Amazon Smile. It costs you nothing and is really easy to set up.

Day 16. Send a virtual card

Have you forgotten to send your nearest and dearest an Xmas card before the last post? Don’t worry – use to send your loved ones a special card and message, save the planet, and donate to Mental Health UK in the process.

Day 17. Christmas jumper selfies

Show us your best festive jumper – just pop your photo onto your Instagram story or timeline and tag us (@mhealthuk) and we’ll share our favourites later in the month!

Day 18. A Christmas quiz

It’s Quizmaaaaaas! Do you know your Dancers from your Prancers? We’ve created a special Christmas-themed quiz for you to use virtually or non virtually with family and friends.

Day 19. A festive giveaway

We’ve teamed up with the awesome @beeillustrates to bring you the chance to win a beautiful print. Just make sure you are following us, like this post and tag a friend.

Day 20. A Christmas craft

Did you know craft can help with mindfulness and wellbeing? Our partners Craft World have shared their step by step guide to creating your own crackers! And thankfully, there are no terrible jokes… Take five, download the guide from our website, and get creative today!

Day 21. Get moving for Mental Health

Join #TeamMHUK and sign up to get moving for mental health in January and fundraise to help us support people with their mental health.

Day 22. A Christmas appeal

This year, more than ever, your support matters to help us keep our communities connected. Help us continue our life-changing work tomorrow by donating today.

Day 23: Stay connected 24/7 with Clic – even on Christmas

We believe that no one need be lonely or isolated, especially at Christmas time. That’s why our online community Clic is moderated 24/7 – including on Christmas Day. Follow the link in our bio to create your free account today.

Day 24: A massive thank you!

From everyone here at Mental Health UK, we wanted to say a big thank you to our incredible fundraisers for their support this year and beyond. Whether you’ve walked, run or baked for us this year, your efforts haven’t gone unnoticed and has helped us be there for more people affected by poor mental health in 2020. We think you’re brilliant!

Day 25. Merry Christmas!

Okay, so this one was a bit predictable but we mean it all the same – we’re wishing a very merry Christmas and happy New Year to all our followers, supporters, staff and friends. We hope wherever you are, you are happy and well.

It won't be lonely this Clic-mas

Help us stay connected this festive season

When the pandemic hit, Mental Health UK rapidly expanded Clic -our online peer support community – to reach more people across the UK. Your generous donations help us to reach more people affected by poor mental health with advice, support and information. Please help us today so that we can make sure no one has to face a mental health challenge alone.

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