Don’t feel snowed under this Christmas – help is there for you

Published: Friday 2 December 2022

Christmas brings joy to many, but for some it’s a time when stress and pressure can be worse than ever.

But those feeling overwhelmed are being reminded that help and support are available – and it is vital to accept that assistance.

To help those who are struggling in any way, the South Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire have launched their ‘Feeling Snowed Under, Coping with Christmas’ campaign.

A collection of handy hints and tips for surviving the festive season has been put together both as a booklet and online, along with useful information and phone numbers for organisations who offer support for a range of issues.

In light of the present economic climate this year, a section dedicated to money worries has also been included.

Councillor Joe Fagan, Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, said: “This time of year can bring it’s own pressures and whether this is adding to existing worries or creating new ones, it can feel overwhelming.

“The council and other organisations are well aware of this and ready to help. No one should feel that they have to deal with this on their own – if you need help, please do get in touch.”

Soumen Sengupta, Director of Health and Social Care for South Lanarkshire, added: “The festivities and celebrations that are taking place all around, and the fact that we are bombarded with images of happy people can make all of this feel so much worse, but please remember that you are not alone, and there is always something that can be done to help.”

For anyone feeling snowed under, the guide to surviving Christmas can be found on the South Lanarkshire Council website, while help and support can also be found in talking to other organisations, who can be contacted as follows:

  • Samaritans (24hrs): 116 123
  • Breathing Space (Mon – Thurs 6pm – 2am, Fri 6pm – Mon 6am): 0800 83 85 87
  • NHS 24 (out of hours): 111
  • Childline (for Children and Young People): 0800 111
  • Hopeline UK (For Young People: 0800 068 4141