Don't Ever Feel Alone - Merry Christmas
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Don’t Ever Feel Alone – Merry Christmas

Vector Type Image of Sally Dog in front of a Gingerbread house. Sally is wearing red antlers and looks adorable

2018 has been a bit of a mixed bag for me, this year we said goodbye to one half of the pig pair Dobby and my parent's cat Poppy headed off to rainbow bridge as well.

As we end this year I know that every day with Sally is an extra miracle and I will cherish this last Christmas with her. I almost didn't get new Christmas images made this year and so I can only thank the person who came to my last minute rescue when I found out it was to be our last and made these beautiful ones for me.

I spoke in late November about why I find Christmas hard and I know I am not the only one for many different reasons.

So as I do every year I want to just list some numbers of helplines across the UK.

These are not all open 24/7 so please do check their websites for opening hours and remember my email is always open if you want a chat. I can't promise I'll email straight back, but I will ASAP.

Helpline Numbers

The Samaritans
Phone: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org

Mind
Phone: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463

CALM
Nation Wide: 0800 58 58 58
London: 0808 802 58 58
Webchat via website.

Sane Line
Phone: 0300 304 7000
Email: via website.

Childline
Phone: 0800 1111
Email and Webchat via website.

The Mix – Support for under 25s.
Phone: 0808 808 4994
Webchat via website.

Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline.
Web Chat / SMS Chat available.

No Panic
Phone: 0844 967 4848

Beat – Eating Disorders Helpline
Phone: 0808 801 0677
Youthline: 0808 801 0711
Studentline: 0808 801 0811

Rape & Sexual Abuse Helpline
Phone: 0808 802 9999

YoungMinds
Phone: 0808 802 5544 (Parent's Support Line)

Premier Lifeline – Christian Helpline
Phone: 0300 111 0101

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Phone: 0300 111 5065

Alcoholics Anonymous
Phone: 0800 9177 650
Email: help@aamail.org

Frank – Drug Help and Advice Line.
Phone: 0300 123 6600
Text / Email / Live Chat on Website.

Alzheimer's Society
Phone: 0300 222 1122

GALOP – LGBT+ Anti-Violence Charity.
London: 020 7704 2040
Nationwide: 0800 999 5428

Rape Crisis 
Phone: 0808 802 9999

Switchboard – The LGBT+ Helpline
Phone: 0300 330 0630
Email: chris@switchboard.lgbt
Webchat via Website.

The Beaumont Society
Information Line: 01582 412220

Refuge
Phone: 0808 2000 247

Women's Aid
Phone: 0808 2000 247
Email: via website

SilverLine
Phone: 0800 4 70 80 90

Cruse
Phone: 0808 808 1677

Papyrus HOPEline
Phone: 0800 068 4141
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Text:  07786 209 697

NHS Direct
Phone: 111

To all of you, from all of us, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

 

 

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This article has 13 comments

  1. bev

    Lovely post – hopefully nobody will need it. Merry Christmas.

  2. Veronica Lee

    Love the images of your fur baby. Thank you for the helpline numbers.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Peter Watson

    Yes,Christmas can be a very depressing place for some as they remember better times.

  4. Susie Wilkinson

    I find the loneliest times are with others that you can’t connect with, this Christmas I had a great day on my own, and didn’t feel lonely at all, but I always do at family Christmases.
    I know I’m not the only one, I just find enforced jollity too difficult. There probably needs to more of an emphasis on making Christmas work for the individual rather than societies expectations.

  5. Elinor Fisher

    Christmas is a very difficult time of year for a lot of people and it’s heartening to see articles that care about them.

  6. James Travis

    Lovely and helpful post

  7. bev

    Happy new year Sarah. Hope you’re all well and may you have a lovely peaceful year.

  8. christine goody

    Hi, thanks for this article, it is always important to make sure people are not alone at Christmas and throughout the year. However, my husband had the man flu at christmas and he insisted I visited my family as scheduled, 120 miles awy. He was home alone at christmas but he made a good decision as it is always extremely uncomfortable to pretend that you feel okay.

  9. Chloe T

    A great blog post – thanks for including all that information hopefully it helped someone who found christmas a difficult time. I found it hard due to family bereavements and suffering with anorexia – I had some support from the BEAT helpline. xx

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