We understand that the Christmas period isn’t a great time for everyone and can have a huge impact on mental health. Unfortunately we are only a small charity, so we are not able to keep everything running for our members over Christmas.
Below are some alternative support streams but one of our facilitators Abi L is also hosting a Christmas Day zoom gathering. This is not a support group, but if you would like some company and cheer via zoom. Details here.
The Silver Line: This is a helpline service for older people who are feeling lonely and would like someone to talk to. This is available 24/7.
Telephone number: 0800 470 80 90
Samaritans: This helpline is open to anyone who is struggling and would like to talk to someone. Their service is open 24/7.
Telephone number: 116 123
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – This helpline is open to anyone who is struggling with their mental health. It is available everyday from 5PM to midnight.
Telephone number: 0800 58 58 58
Shout 85258 – This is a texting service for anyone who is struggling with their mental health and would rather using a texting service than a helpline. Just text SHOUT to 85258 to start a conversation. This is available 24/7. (TBC)
No Panic- This service aims to assist those who suffer from OCD and anxiety disorders. Their helpline is open from 10AM to 10PM everyday.
Telephone number: 0300 7729844
Bristol Sanctuary– This service usually provides drop in face to face sessions, but is now only operating a phone service due to the pandemic for anyone suffering from mental distress. Please note they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Telephone number: 0117 9542952
Beat – This service provides support for people struggling with eating disorders. Beat’s helpline services will be open 4pm–9pm from 24 December to 1 January.
0808 801 0677 (adult helpline)
0808 801 0711 (youthline)
0808 801 0811 (studentline)
Click here for Beat’s information on Christmas with an eating disorder
Cruse Bereavement Care – Information and support after a bereavement. Cruse’s helpline opening hours will vary over the Christmas period, although it will be open at least 10am–2pm each day.
Men’s Advice Line – Confidential advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse by a current or ex-partner or family member. The Men’s Advice Line will be closed on 25 and 26 December, and on 1 January. Otherwise, it will be open 9am–8pm Monday to Friday, as usual.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – Free 24-hour helpline for women who have experienced domestic abuse, run by domestic violence charity Refuge. It is run by female advisors. The women’s helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can contact them online and they will ask for a safe way to respond to you.