The College recognises that the Christmas period can be a difficult time for anyone, especially those affected by a mental health problem, including family, friends and carers.
Whilst the College is unable to provide direct support, we have a large number of mental health resources online which give information – both to people who may be experiencing mental health problems and for their friends, family and carers.
Our mental health resources are written by psychiatrists and include guidance on self-care and treatment options. Each resource also includes a list of organisations and services that can provide more direct support.
Please also see this new blog post by Dr Mani Krishnan: A psychiatrist’s guide to overcoming loneliness and protecting our mental wellbeing this Christmas.
Additionally, we've compiled information regarding managing your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you’re feeling desperate, it’s important to let someone know how you feel. If possible, speak to friends or to a family member or carer. Alternatively, you can contact one of the free helplines below for support:
- Samaritans: 116 123 (24/7) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saneline: 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm to 10.30pm every day)
In an emergency, those in the UK can call 999.
Please note that the College will be closed between 22 December and 3 January.