Published on: 22nd December 2020
Thank you for taking the time to read this year’s Christmas message from steps2change. Firstly I would like to say Merry Christmas to everyone. With Santa’s arrival pending and Mariah Carey blaring, it’s time for the festive season. This year’s Christmas is different to any other in living memory and one that we have all had to adapt to in order to stay safe and protect others.
Christmas is traditionally a time when families meet up and people often binge on a variety of different excesses. For some people Christmas is not a happy time and for many people with or without mental health problems, Christmas is one of the most difficult periods of the year. This year we are also facing the added pressure of living in a pandemic with increased social isolation.
I believe it to be a reasonable statement that the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us in some way and will continue to do so in the coming year. There has never been a more important time for everybody to ensure they manage their physical health and also to start to prioritise their mental health as well.
Just by giving your mental health consideration you are actually taking a step towards improving your overall wellbeing. There are many simple things that you can do over this festive period to make an improvement to your wellbeing. This could be not having that extra drink or mince pie, or perhaps going out for a walk, contacting a friend, or deciding to reach out if you are struggling. It may even be something as simple as a click and having a look at the support available on our website.
The reason we say this is because this year has been extremely challenging for everyone. We encourage you all to take a step towards overall management of your wellbeing, both physical and mental. Common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are called common for a reason, however they are treatable and help is available via the NHS.
There are now multitudes of ways you can access our service if you need to, including via telephone, webcam, online messaging, web groups, and face to face meetings. We also offer a range of different evidence-based therapies, including couples counselling for depression, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. We provide a multitude of self-help options delivered by our hard-working and friendly Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
Over this festive period, please take time to think about the feelings you are experiencing and move towards improving your mental health, even if it’s just that click to see what we are about. You never know when you or someone you know may need our service. Click here for more information about what we do.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year, from the steps2change team.