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Mental wellbeing and the Christmas Period – Resources for Young People

Most people think of Christmas as a time of happiness, celebration and spending time with family and friends. For many young people, however, especially those who are finding life tough-going, the Christmas period can add significantly to their challenges. For them, it can be anything but wonderful. Studies show that depression rates increase for many at Christmas, and suicide rates often show an increase at Christmas. Here are some resources to help: you are not alone in finding the seasonal period a difficult time of year.

Important Notice. The HeadStart support and guidance site is not designed to support young people in a crisis situation. The resources below may be helpful, but if you or a friend or family member are experiencing extreme distress right now, please seek help immediately: click here for information on what to do.

Here are the resources we found for Christmas for young people:

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Christmas Survival Hacks

Lets hack Christmas! The festive season isn’t always filled with joy and can sometimes be stressful. Teoh chats to Daniel J Layton to get tips on how make Christmas a little easier including financial issues, problems with eating, alcohol consumption and more.

Not So Merry Christmas

Christmas can be a great time, but it can also be a difficult time for many young people. Childline has come together with Joe Conza about surviving the festive season.

It’s Okay to Feel Sad at Christmas

Christmas can be a tough time for everyone, especially those with a mental health problem. Christmas can be a tough time as it is a marker that a full year has passed, and we can be sad by how much has changed, or how much hasn’t.

5 Ideas to Help You Manage Christmas if it’s a Time You Find Hard

Christmas can be a difficult time of the year for some of us, whether that’s because of social anxiety, or an eating disorder, or difficult memories or a whole host of other issues – the long and the short is that for some of us, whilst it feels like the rest of the world is Oh So Merry, we’re quietly dying inside

A Theme for You 2019 – Mental Health Foundation

A blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging readers to create a ‘theme’ for themselves for the New Year, maybe as an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

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.

Depression at Christmas – A Survival Guide

Christmas can be a tough time for people with depression. Everywhere you look, you are bombarded with happy images in shop windows and on television. Depression Alliance Scotland produced this downloadable PDF to help you through Christmas with some top tips and advice.

A Theme for You 2019 – Mental Health Foundation

A blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging readers to create a ‘theme’ for themselves for the New Year, maybe as an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

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.

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.

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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 Survival Hacks

Lets hack Christmas! The festive season isn’t always filled with joy and can sometimes be stressful. Teoh chats to Daniel J Layton to get tips on how make Christmas a little easier including financial issues, problems with eating, alcohol consumption and more.

Not So Merry Christmas

Christmas can be a great time, but it can also be a difficult time for many young people. Childline has come together with Joe Conza about surviving the festive season.

It’s Okay to Feel Sad at Christmas

Christmas can be a tough time for everyone, especially those with a mental health problem. Christmas can be a tough time as it is a marker that a full year has passed, and we can be sad by how much has changed, or how much hasn’t.

A Theme for You 2019 – Mental Health Foundation

A blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging readers to create a ‘theme’ for themselves for the New Year, maybe as an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

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.

Depression at Christmas – A Survival Guide

Christmas can be a tough time for people with depression. Everywhere you look, you are bombarded with happy images in shop windows and on television. Depression Alliance Scotland produced this downloadable PDF to help you through Christmas with some top tips and advice.

A Theme for You 2019 – Mental Health Foundation

A blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging readers to create a ‘theme’ for themselves for the New Year, maybe as an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

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.

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.

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 Survival Hacks

Lets hack Christmas! The festive season isn’t always filled with joy and can sometimes be stressful. Teoh chats to Daniel J Layton to get tips on how make Christmas a little easier including financial issues, problems with eating, alcohol consumption and more.

Not So Merry Christmas

Christmas can be a great time, but it can also be a difficult time for many young people. Childline has come together with Joe Conza about surviving the festive season.

It’s Okay to Feel Sad at Christmas

Christmas can be a tough time for everyone, especially those with a mental health problem. Christmas can be a tough time as it is a marker that a full year has passed, and we can be sad by how much has changed, or how much hasn’t.

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.

A Theme for You 2019 – Mental Health Foundation

A blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging readers to create a ‘theme’ for themselves for the New Year, maybe as an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

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.

Depression at Christmas – A Survival Guide

Christmas can be a tough time for people with depression. Everywhere you look, you are bombarded with happy images in shop windows and on television. Depression Alliance Scotland produced this downloadable PDF to help you through Christmas with some top tips and advice.

A Theme for You 2019 – Mental Health Foundation

A blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging readers to create a ‘theme’ for themselves for the New Year, maybe as an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

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.

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.