Looking After your Mental Health and Wellbeing over Christmas

By Rachel Carless – partnership manager of Brighton and Hove’s community roots service.

Whilst the festive season can be an exciting and joyful time of year, it can also bring challenges. Juggling life and work, Christmas preparations, children’s activities and socialising with friends and family can be stressful.

For some, Christmas can also be a lonely experience and sometimes a reminder of happier times. Looking after your mental health can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. It can be hard to take that first step, to ask for help! You’re not alone there but there are people that care and can help.

Mental health challenges can affect us all, whatever our age, background or culture. If you are struggling to cope this Christmas, for whatever reason, please get in touch. Our experienced and caring team are here to talk to, listen and provide support.

To speak to someone about what community services are available to support your mental health and wellbeing, please give us a ring on freephone 0808 196 1768 – lines open Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00. You can also visit their website: www.communityroots.org.uk

Community roots is a network of community-based, non-clinical mental health and wellbeing support in Brighton and Hove.

Please note the phone line is closed on 25th & 26th December, then re-opens on Friday 27th. The lines are also open on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st December but closed for the public holiday on 1st January. Lines resume service again on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Additional support

If you are in crisis and require support during the Christmas period, please use one of the following services for support:

Samaritans 116 123

Confidential emotional support. This number is free to call from mobiles and landlines and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For support over email, use jo@samaritans.org

More information about Samaritans can be found on their website: www.samaritans.org

Sussex Mental Health line 0300 5000 101

Open 17:00-09:00, Monday to Friday, 24 hours at weekends and bank holidays in Brighton and Hove. A telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. This service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals. Text relay calls and new generation text calls from hearing and speech impaired callers welcome.

You can also visit their website: www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) 0300 304 0078

A 24 hour mental health crisis support service for individuals that think they are at risk of harming themselves or others. To find out more about MHRRS please visit their website: www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Cascade Coffee Shop

The cascade coffee shop will be open through Christmas and New Year’s Day, offering a safe & welcoming space for anyone struggling or feeling isolated over the holidays.

Cascade is located at: 24 Baker Street, Brighton, BN1 4JN.

Cascade Coffee Shop Christmas and New Year opening times:

Tuesday 24th December 2019 – 11:00-15:00

Wednesday 25th December 2019 – 11:00-15:00

Thursday 26th December 2019 – 11:00-15:00

Friday 27th December 2019 – 11:00-15:00

Saturday 28th December 2019 – 11:00-15:00

Sunday 29th December 2019 – 11:00-15:00

Monday 30th December 2019 – Closed

Tuesday 31st December 2019 – Closed

Wednesday 1st January 2020 – 11:00-15:00

Thursday 2nd January 2020 – Normal opening hours