Help for Christmas worries in Lincolnshire

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PEOPLE in Lncolnshire are being reminded of the support available to them over Christmas.

Financial worries, ill health and dark nights can have an effect on how you feel, and for some people the Christmas holidays can bring an increased risk of domestic abuse and feelings of suicide.

The Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings. It has three branches in Lincoln, Grantham and Boston a 24 hour helpline on 08457 90 90 90.

SANEline is a national out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems. Call them on 0845 767 8000 between 6.00pm until 11pm every day of the year.

Dr Carol Brady, Deputy Director for Strategy and Trust Professional Lead for Therapies at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “This time of year can be very stressful and for some people it can be very difficult to cope with increased financial pressures and whatever personal circumstances they are experiencing. There are a number of ways that we can look after our mental health and help others to do the same.

“Exercise and outdoor activities are known to have a positive effect on your well-being, as well as helping you to stay healthy. NHS Lincolnshire jointly funds seven Walking for Health schemes which is a great way to meet new people and stay active.

“Talk to someone. Expressing how you feel can help to alleviate some of the stress. Meet up with a friend or use the Samaritans or SANEline to talk things over.”

Find your nearest walking scheme at http://lincolnshiresports.com/activity-and-health/health-walks