To put it bluntly, things are looking pretty bleak. The new Omicron variant is ripping through the city at an incredibly fast rate, many restaurants and bars have made the decision to shut their doors due to staff sicknesses and cancellations, and thousands will be isolating alone this Christmas. It couldn’t feel less Christmassy right now.

With many lining up plans to spend with family and friends who they haven’t seen for months on end, or at all this year, it’s a really big blow. But it’s okay to feel upset, angry, frustrated and mixed emotions right now. 

There have been several posts being shared around social media; from funny memes to support hotlines for those who need them right now. If you’re alone this Christmas or struggling, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best numbers to call, plus a few homeless shelters where you can help out this Christmas period too.

“Anyone in the UK: If you text SHOUT to 85258 when you are in a dark place, struggling with your mental health or suicidal, a trained crisis volunteer will text you back.

It is completely free 24/7.”

Text Shout to 85258 and a trained crisis volunteer will call you back.

Call Sikh Your Mind Telephone Helpline, 7-9pm everyday: 0333 210 1021

Call Samaritans: 116 123 anytime

Call Calm: 0800 58 58 58 anytime

Call Mind: 0300 123 3393 anytime

SANE`s Services remain open every day of the year but due to current restrictions on our help room we ask you to leave a first name, number and quick message on 07984 967 708 and a member of our team of trained staff and volunteers will call you back as soon as possible. Alternatively, visit our Emotional Support page to see ways we can support you by email or text.

Black Minds Matter Resources:

Headspace App:

Young Minds:

Call the parents helpline, Mon – Fri 9:30am-4pm, 0800 802 5544

Call Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774

Call Papyrus: 0800 068 41 41

Bipolar UK

Call Refuge: 0808 200 0247 (24 Hours)

Call OCD UK: 01332 588112

Call BEAT Eating Disorders: 0800 58 58 58

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