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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Clancy

Emergency Information for Christmas 2023

Whilst my service will be closed from 18th December to the 1st January, if you are in need during the Christmas period, there are still services available to help:-


Firstly, if you are in immediate danger to yourself please go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department at Hospital; call the Police 999 or Samaritans 116 123. You can also email the Samaritans jo@samaritans.org, there is also a self-help app on the website that might be useful. You do not have to be in a crisis or suicidal to access the Samaritans, this is explained on the website.


Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed and it would help to share this, or you might be a parent experiencing difficult behaviours from your child, so time to talk confidentially to someone over the phone may help at this time. 


If you are a child, you can call childline for free, the number is 0800 1111, there is a really helpful website too - https://www.childline.org.uk you are scared or in danger call the Police - 999. You will not get into trouble from the Police for doing this. 


If you are in an abusive situation and need to alert the Police without anyone knowing, you can do so discreetly by following the steps outlined here involving 55: Silent Solution


If it’s all feeling too much and you just need a breather, see if you can do some mindfulness or breathing exercises, or go for a walk if possible. You might want to listen to some calming music, YouTube has a lot of videos with beautiful scenery alongside restful music.  It might also help to find someone safe to talk to, to journal or draw how you are feeling.


Take care, this too shall pass.

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