The festive season is a joyful time for many, however it can also be a time of difficulty for others.

NHS 24 have a Mental Health Hub. You can phone 111 and choose the mental health option and you’ll be connected to one of the psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWPs). These are specially trained advisors who work in mental health.

PWPs can offer advice on coping with mental health symptoms. They can also recommend and connect you with other services if needed. PWPs can access a range of both NHS and charity organisations to find the right support for you.

People phone 111 for a lot of different reasons. The most common reasons include:

  • thinking about suicide
  • anxiety
  • low mood and depression
  • psychosis
  • self-harm

You will speak to one of the PWPs, and there are also mental health nurses available.

If an immediate clinical response is needed, you might be referred to A&E or the emergency services.

There is always help available, please do not suffer in silence.