Mental health tips for the festive period

For some people the festive season can bring increased levels of anxiety and stress, and for others it may intensity feelings of loneliness, sadness and isolation.

If you are experiencing more than just the winter blues over the festive period, here is some helpful information and advice to help you maintain your mental wellbeing.

Please remember that it’s important to know there is always someone to talk to and to seek help when it’s needed.  In the first instance you should try and speak to your GP or out of hour’s ring the on call GP.

In an emergency situation, where you or someone you know has concerns about their immediate mental health, you should ring our Crisis Teams on:

Doncaster 01302 566999
Rotherham 01709 302670
North Lincolnshire 01724 382015.

We also have specialist mental health staff, working in the Emergency Departments at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Rotherham Hospital and Scunthorpe Hospital who support the hospital staff and offer advice and support when people, both adults and children, are admitted.

Patients are assessed and offered a range of different support, depending upon their individual needs. This can include one-to-one support and counselling, group support and access to the Trust’s Talking Therapies service via the website http://iapt.rdash.nhs.uk

Another alternative is calling The Samaritans free on 116 123. There is also the Rethink helpline available 24 hours a day on telephone 08088 010442. However, if anyone has actually harmed themselves they should attend Emergency Department immediately.

Rotherham residents who are worried that someone may be experiencing suicidal thoughts can find advice on the Be the One suicide prevention website at
https://www.be-the-one.co.uk/