For some people the Christmas and New Year period is really hard.
Everyone else seems to be having a great time but you’re feeling worried or finding it hard to cope, especially if you have metal health difficulties. It can be hard to stay well when there is so much pressure to enjoy yourself and you have to spend time with people who you might find difficult to be around. On top of that, the places where you get support at other times of the year have shut up for the holidays.
Well, you’re not alone. Lots of people find the holiday period difficult. So we’ve put together this handy guide to surviving Christmas and New Year.
We created this booklet as part of the Angus McFlourish project we are doing with Angus Voice, a mental health advocacy group. Some of the detailed information in the booklet is for people who have mental health difficulties but lots of the ideas here will be useful for people who find Christmas and New Year difficult for lots of reasons.