It is Christmas and most families will be sitting down enjoying time together and having a fabulous time. I really hope that this applies to you and you have a lovely Christmas.
For some people, Christmas is a time of sadness when they can feel alone and afraid. Tempers can flare, arguments can happen or maybe you have lost loved ones and you feel alone. It can be hard seeing everyone around seeming to be happy when you are feeling low. Maybe you feel you are in a dark place and you are have nowhere to go and can’t be helped. If this applies to you, you are not alone. There are people who you can call and who will help. Please pick up the phone and let them help you.
The other day I was about to cross the busy main road with my shopping when I heard yelling. ” Stop, Stop, No, Stop”. I looked up just in time to see a Jack Russell dashing across the road with his young owner trying desperately to stop him. He made it half way but a car struck him and spun him round into the other side of the road. Luckily by then the traffic had stopped and his owner was able to pick him up. The last sight I saw was the boy trudging off with his dog in his arms. The car that hit him never stopped and I have no idea if the dog is alright. I chased after him when I eventually got across the road to try and give him my phone or help him, but he had disappeared. The incident keeps playing across my mind and my heart goes out to that boy. He must be feeling so sad and responsible. I really hope his dog is alright.
Watching the news today it is filled with sad stories of people who have died in floods, or fighting for their country. How must these families be feeling? Some people are alone or homeless at Christmas though no fault of their own. If you are one of these people, please remember, there is help out there. You are not alone. All you need to do is to pick up the phone, there are people who can help you though the dark times and there is light at the other side. Please make that call.
For some people Christmas is a time of great despair. You may be one of those people. You may be feeling that you will never be happy again, that life has nothing more to offer. You may be frightened and scared, not knowing where to turn or if it is safe to go home.
Please don’t be. Life is worth living. There are people who care and people who can help. They are on the end of the phone. No matter how bad it seems, it is not. There is light at the end of the tunnel, it will get better. If you feel this way please pick up the phone and call.
I have placed a list of numbers below, in case you need them. Please ring …..
MIND – www.mind.org.uk
0300 123 3393
08457 90 90 90
Alcoholics Anonymous – www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/newcomers
0845 769 7555
Stonewall – www.stonewall.org.uk
Info line: 08000 50 20 20
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
0207 837 7324
SANELine – www.sane.org.uk
0845 767 8000
Preventing young suicide – www.papyrus-uk.org
For people in Northern Ireland- www.lifeline.info
0808 808 8000
0808 2000 247
Eating Disorders Association – www.edauk.com
0845 634 1414
0808 800 4444
NHS Direct – www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
No Panic – www.no-panic.co.uk
0808 808 0545