Adults and children across Sussex are being encouraged to put their mental health first this festive season.
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services for all ages in Sussex as well as children and young people in Hampshire, has published its top 25 tips for staying well over Christmas and New Year.
- Know when to ask for help
- Make time for yourself
- Be honest and upfront with friends and family about your wellbeing
- Spend time with supportive people and be a supporter
- Keep your mind and body active
- Practice Self Care and Kindness
The 25 top tips have been created by assistant psychologist Kaan Gulum and are being shared widely across social media via @withoutstigma on Twitter and Facebook.com/sussexpartnership. People can also download a copy below.
Dr Rick Fraser, Sussex Partnership's Chief Medical Officer, said: "This time of year can get incredibly busy with family gatherings and events, shopping and parties.
"While it's a wonderful time of year for many people, for some it's a very lonely, isolating and stressful time.
"There are small things we can all do to look after our own mental health and each other and over and above everything, we want people to remember that there is always someone to turn to for help."
For immediate help in a mental health crisis, www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/urgent-help-crisis has a list of useful resources and apps.
The following organisations can also provide help and assistance:
- Samaritans: 116 123 (confidential, emotional support 24/7)
- SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (emotional support, guidance and information, all evenings)
- NHS 111: Non emergency number if in a crisis (24/7).