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Supporting young people and yourself at Christmas

The festive season can be a very difficult time of year for many people, with the possibility of family conflict, social anxiety, and unrealistic expectations.

This is especially true for anyone who may be vulnerable in other ways through mental health or other wellbeing challenges.

From HeadStart Wolverhampton


Here are the resources we found for Christmas for parents and families:

Christmas and Mental Health

Christmas can be a tough time for some people. It can be a challenging time for our stress levels and it’s even harder for those people who have mental ill heath. Routines can change and we can take for granted how much this can impact our mental health.

Ten Christmas Wellbeing Tips

Mind supports and staff have come together to produce a list of their top 10 Christmas wellbeing tips. These include small things like using ear plugs, talking to people, going to sleep early on Christmas day and more.

Beat off Depression this Christmas

It is important to keep your mental wellbeing at the top of your Christmas to-do list. Christmas can be a difficult time for people with mental health problems so it is important to follow the tips from BMI Healthcare in order to make sure that your mental wellbeing is top priority this Christmas.

Seasonal Netiquette: 5 New Parenting Rules

The festive season can be a social minefield made all the more complex by an ever-increasing number of digital devices. You may find that rules you set with your children around digital technology will have to slide – especially if you’re part of an extended family gathers. Don’t panic, Parent Info is here to help.

12 Days of Resilience

This downloadable pack of 12 posters encourages you to be resilient this Christmas with a different slogan everyday. Don’t let the holiday season get you down and focus on these resilience slogans to get you through the hard times.

10 Ways to Look after your Mental Health at Christmas

The festive season is a time of joy and spending time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful and lonely periods of the year. During the December rush – frantic present buying and New Year part preparations – followed by the sudden ‘lull’ of January, it is important to try and remember how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing. This poster contains just 10 of the ways t take care so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed.

The Kindness Calendar

The Kindness Calendar has suggested good deeds to do throughout December 2017 to help spread a little more happiness in our communities. It contains one simple little thing you can do every day to increase happiness and wellbeing in yourself and your community.

Wellbeing at Christmas

Steps2Wellbeing have put together this short download to help people with their wellbeing through the festive period. The resource pack gives a list of tips that young people can put into practice to make sure they keep themselves safe over the festive period.

Blog / personal article

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…but not for Everyone

(Featured resource)Kevin Pace, the Head of Service for HeadStart Wolverhampton, has written this blog post about how the holiday season can affect young people. It is important to protect the mental health and wellbeing of young people during the holiday period and here, Kevin has suggested a number of tips to help you make it through the holiday season.

Christmas and Mental Health – surviving the festive period with anxiety

“Tis the season to be Jolly fa la la la” … Honestly it’s the season to feel however you want to feel.

HeadStart Wolverhampton Ambassador Crissy shares her thoughts on surviving Christmas when you experience anxiety and panic attacks.

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to look after your Mental Health

This article from clinical psychologist Amaryllis Roy from Priory Hospital Bristol discusses the pressure that Christmas can put on mental health and shares five top tips to help you cope over the holiday period.

Christmas Time and PTSD – How to Cope?

Many people are not the same after undergoing a trauma. Despire the efforts and expectations of people around you trying to normalise every situation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can change the way you react and behave.

Video

5 ideas to help you manage Christmas if it’s a time you find hard

(Featured resource)As part of her wonderful ‘Pooky Knightsmith on Mental Health’ channel, Pooky shares 5 ideas to make Christmas an easier time of year for you, or someone you know, who struggles with mental health challenges during the festive period.

Audio

The challenges of the festive period: in conversation with Nikki Mattocks

(Featured resource)In this episode of the HeadStart podcast, HeadStart chat to Nikki Mattocks. Nikki is a Time To Change Young Champion, and works alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health in schools, the community, and through the media.

In the conversation, Nikki discusses the pressures that the festive period can create for young people, what they can do to support themselves, and how parents and family members can support the young people in their lives to create the happiest Christmas period possible.

Christmas and Mental Health

Christmas can be a tough time for some people. It can be a challenging time for our stress levels and it’s even harder for those people who have mental ill heath. Routines can change and we can take for granted how much this can impact our mental health.

Ten Christmas Wellbeing Tips

Mind supports and staff have come together to produce a list of their top 10 Christmas wellbeing tips. These include small things like using ear plugs, talking to people, going to sleep early on Christmas day and more.

Beat off Depression this Christmas

It is important to keep your mental wellbeing at the top of your Christmas to-do list. Christmas can be a difficult time for people with mental health problems so it is important to follow the tips from BMI Healthcare in order to make sure that your mental wellbeing is top priority this Christmas.

12 Days of Resilience

This downloadable pack of 12 posters encourages you to be resilient this Christmas with a different slogan everyday. Don’t let the holiday season get you down and focus on these resilience slogans to get you through the hard times.

10 Ways to Look after your Mental Health at Christmas

The festive season is a time of joy and spending time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful and lonely periods of the year. During the December rush – frantic present buying and New Year part preparations – followed by the sudden ‘lull’ of January, it is important to try and remember how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing. This poster contains just 10 of the ways t take care so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed.

The Kindness Calendar

The Kindness Calendar has suggested good deeds to do throughout December 2017 to help spread a little more happiness in our communities. It contains one simple little thing you can do every day to increase happiness and wellbeing in yourself and your community.

Blog / personal article View all articles

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…but not for Everyone

(Featured resource)Kevin Pace, the Head of Service for HeadStart Wolverhampton, has written this blog post about how the holiday season can affect young people. It is important to protect the mental health and wellbeing of young people during the holiday period and here, Kevin has suggested a number of tips to help you make it through the holiday season.

Christmas and Mental Health – surviving the festive period with anxiety

“Tis the season to be Jolly fa la la la” … Honestly it’s the season to feel however you want to feel.

HeadStart Wolverhampton Ambassador Crissy shares her thoughts on surviving Christmas when you experience anxiety and panic attacks.

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to look after your Mental Health

This article from clinical psychologist Amaryllis Roy from Priory Hospital Bristol discusses the pressure that Christmas can put on mental health and shares five top tips to help you cope over the holiday period.

Video

5 ideas to help you manage Christmas if it’s a time you find hard

(Featured resource)As part of her wonderful ‘Pooky Knightsmith on Mental Health’ channel, Pooky shares 5 ideas to make Christmas an easier time of year for you, or someone you know, who struggles with mental health challenges during the festive period.

Audio

The challenges of the festive period: in conversation with Nikki Mattocks

(Featured resource)In this episode of the HeadStart podcast, HeadStart chat to Nikki Mattocks. Nikki is a Time To Change Young Champion, and works alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health in schools, the community, and through the media.

In the conversation, Nikki discusses the pressures that the festive period can create for young people, what they can do to support themselves, and how parents and family members can support the young people in their lives to create the happiest Christmas period possible.

Video

5 ideas to help you manage Christmas if it’s a time you find hard

(Featured resource)As part of her wonderful ‘Pooky Knightsmith on Mental Health’ channel, Pooky shares 5 ideas to make Christmas an easier time of year for you, or someone you know, who struggles with mental health challenges during the festive period.

Audio

The challenges of the festive period: in conversation with Nikki Mattocks

(Featured resource)In this episode of the HeadStart podcast, HeadStart chat to Nikki Mattocks. Nikki is a Time To Change Young Champion, and works alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health in schools, the community, and through the media.

In the conversation, Nikki discusses the pressures that the festive period can create for young people, what they can do to support themselves, and how parents and family members can support the young people in their lives to create the happiest Christmas period possible.

Christmas and Mental Health

Christmas can be a tough time for some people. It can be a challenging time for our stress levels and it’s even harder for those people who have mental ill heath. Routines can change and we can take for granted how much this can impact our mental health.

Ten Christmas Wellbeing Tips

Mind supports and staff have come together to produce a list of their top 10 Christmas wellbeing tips. These include small things like using ear plugs, talking to people, going to sleep early on Christmas day and more.

Beat off Depression this Christmas

It is important to keep your mental wellbeing at the top of your Christmas to-do list. Christmas can be a difficult time for people with mental health problems so it is important to follow the tips from BMI Healthcare in order to make sure that your mental wellbeing is top priority this Christmas.

12 Days of Resilience

This downloadable pack of 12 posters encourages you to be resilient this Christmas with a different slogan everyday. Don’t let the holiday season get you down and focus on these resilience slogans to get you through the hard times.

10 Ways to Look after your Mental Health at Christmas

The festive season is a time of joy and spending time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful and lonely periods of the year. During the December rush – frantic present buying and New Year part preparations – followed by the sudden ‘lull’ of January, it is important to try and remember how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing. This poster contains just 10 of the ways t take care so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed.

The Kindness Calendar

The Kindness Calendar has suggested good deeds to do throughout December 2017 to help spread a little more happiness in our communities. It contains one simple little thing you can do every day to increase happiness and wellbeing in yourself and your community.

Blog / personal article View all articles

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…but not for Everyone

(Featured resource)Kevin Pace, the Head of Service for HeadStart Wolverhampton, has written this blog post about how the holiday season can affect young people. It is important to protect the mental health and wellbeing of young people during the holiday period and here, Kevin has suggested a number of tips to help you make it through the holiday season.

Christmas and Mental Health – surviving the festive period with anxiety

“Tis the season to be Jolly fa la la la” … Honestly it’s the season to feel however you want to feel.

HeadStart Wolverhampton Ambassador Crissy shares her thoughts on surviving Christmas when you experience anxiety and panic attacks.

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to look after your Mental Health

This article from clinical psychologist Amaryllis Roy from Priory Hospital Bristol discusses the pressure that Christmas can put on mental health and shares five top tips to help you cope over the holiday period.