Be Gentle With Yourself

We shared this picture last year at Christmas, and we are re-sharing it again this year, because it’s important.

There can be a lot of pressure during this time of year to be upbeat and in the mood to celebrate. Unfortunately mental health struggles don’t just disappear because of the date on the calendar. The days can still be tough, and then with the added pressure to get involved with the festivities it can feel even harder.

If you are feeling that pressure,

We see you. We get it. You are not alone.

We hope that you are able to have the Christmas that you need, be it a quiet one or one filled with others, and that you are able to focus on what helps keep you safe.

Here are some numbers that you can use if you need support:

  • Samaritans: 24/7 mental health support by phone — call 116 123
  • First Response (Plymouth): 24/7 phone support — call 0800 923 9323
  • First Response (other Devon): 24/7 phone support — call 0808 196 8708
  • Shout: 24/7 mental health support by text — text SHOUT to 85258
  • YoungMinds: 24/7 text support for young people — text YM to 85258
  • The Silver Line: 24/7 phone support for ages 55+ — call 0800 4 70 80 90

In an emergency, call 999.

Be gentle with yourself, you’ve got this.

The Recovery Devon Team