Christmas and your mental health

Christmas can be a testing time mentally, emotionally, physically and financially for many people. This year a great number of us are feeling the fatigue and pressure brought on by the cost-of-living crisis, the climate emergency, the war in Ukraine and other challenges. It’s okay if you’re not feeling full of joy during the festive season. We’re here to help you with your mental health.

How to protect your mental health and cope through winter

We asked the Mental Health UK team what they do to boost their mood and look after their mental health at this time of year. And they were brimming with ideas! Take inspiration from some of their strategies to help you feel brighter and cope better this winter.

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Tackling loneliness and isolation with Clic

2.6 million adults across Great Britain report that they feel lonely “often” or “always”. We believe that no one should be lonely or isolated, and we’re helping people to connect and support each other through our online peer support platform Clic. Since Clic’s launch, we’ve helped thousands of people to feel less isolated and find the mental health information they need by offering resources and facilitating a safe environment, moderated 24/7, for people to chat peer-to-peer online.

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Enjoy 12 days of festivities in the run up to Christmas

Mental Health UK's 12 Days to Christmas

In the 12 days before Christmas we’re bringing you wellbeing tips, festive activities and prizes to brighten up your holiday season.

Top tips for managing your money and mental health in 2023

Christmas and New Year invites us to spend vast sums of money on gifts, food and sale items. The new year often leaves us with a financial hangover that many people struggle to recover from. The cost-of-living crisis has placed increased strain on people’s finances and mental health, so it is very important to look after your mental health and money in 2023. Our Mental Health & Money Advice service has some handy guidance to help you do just.

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Support our festive Appeal 🎄

With the cost-of-living crisis causing untold emotional stress and anxiety across the UK, we must be able to support people in a helpful and practical way. A kind gift from you this Christmas could help fund our Mental Health & Money Advice service, offering expert support to people experiencing issues with their mental health and financial situation.

We know that Christmas can be an expensive time of year – and will be especially tough for those already struggling with their mental health. Can you help us to continue to be here for those struggling to cope by donating to our appeal?

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Downloadable resources

Wellbeing Scavenger Hunt for a Winter Walkabout

Log off, wrap up and get outside. Being in nature and taking notice of our surroundings can do wonders for our mental health at a time when we are often indoors. Have a go at Mental Health UK’s winter Scavenger Hunt – a great one to do with kids too!

Looking after your mental health during the festive season

The media portrays the festive season as a time of happiness, gifts and great company. While this is some people’s experience, for others it can be a challenging and lonely time. The festive period can affect our mental health in many different ways – we’ve put together some top tips on how to look after yourself and others.