12 Days Of Blogmas: Day 10 - Mental Health & Christmas

It's getting pretty close to the big day now and while some people are all excited, it can also be a pretty tough time of year too.

If you're suffering from mental health problems such as suicidal thoughts, eating disorders or low self-esteem, hearing about how successful all your family members have been throughout the past year or just seeing someone can be extremely hard and can just generally make you feel pretty shit about yourself. 

Christmas can also be a painful time of year if you've lost someone important too. It's hard no matter how you lost them, of course, but having lost my Dad by suicide, Christmas just brings all that backup - it's tough no matter how you've been affected by mental health. 

This post isn't supposed to be woe is me, I don't want sympathy or anything, it's just to say, no matter what you're going through, you don't have to go through it alone. There are plenty of amazing mental health charities which you can get in touch with, including CALM or Student Minds if you need to talk to someone over the Christmas break. 

Alternatively, if you're looking for some way to give back at Christmas, both CALM (a charity specifically for men's mental health) or Student Minds would be so thankful for donations - no matter how small, meaning that they can reach more people who need help over the festive period.  Student Minds also allow you to send a card out to a loved one who might be struggling to let them know that you're thinking of them which is a brilliant idea!

Just remember - you're not alone and you are stronger than you'll ever know. 

(The deadline for the Student Minds cards is today - 20th December - to make sure they're posted in time. Sorry this post is so late!!)


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