How might Christmas affect my Mental Health?

Whether or not Christmas is part of your life, you might be affected by it happening around you.

It’s a time of year that often puts extra pressure on us.

For example, you might:

  • feel alone because everyone else seems happy and cheery, when you’re not
  • wish Christmas could move because it’s bad timing
  • want to celebrate with someone who’s struggling.

“…listening to other people’s exciting plans makes me feel like an alien being, as I don’t have all those wonderful relationships in my life.”

The Christmas period could impact your mental health in other ways too. For example:

  • Your Mental health might make it hard for you to spend Christmas how you want.
  • Difficult and stressful experiences at Christmas can make your mental health worse.
  • Enjoying Christmas might affect your mental health.
  • It can be harder to access services, and some will be closed.

What can I do?

If Christmas is a hard time for you, it’s important to remember that you are not alone, and there are things you can try that might help. We’ve written this information to help you:

Feeling in crisis around Christmas

If you’re worried about acting on thoughts of suicide, you can call an ambulance, go straight to A&E or call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 to talk. These services are open 24/7, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

*links are to the Mind Website