Remember You Are Not Alone

Thursday, December 24, 2015

I will admit I am usually the Grinch at Christmas but this year I've been feeling very festive and have been fully supportive of the season but I'm very aware that not everyone is in Buddy the Elf mode, not even close. 

When Kellie from Big Fashionista but a call out if anyone wanted an updated list of helpline numbers to share I knew I wanted to put up a post and share these numbers. If they help only one person then that's great. 

My Christmas day isn't usually great, it isn't a time of celebration but more a mad dash waiting hand and foot on my gran's and missing out on a slice of Roulade as one of my grans demands seconds. In the grand scheme of things this is such a small thing. 

A couple of Christmases ago I was dreading the day itself. As the few days leading up to it my Grandad who had (He's now passed away so I'm using the past tense, is that right?) was truly horrible to me, he was calling me a monster and running and hiding from me and calling me every name under the sun,  once he's calmed down and bit he kept coming up to me & putting his hands over his face and screaming (Like what little children do when watching things like Doctor Who). It left me so shaken and scared that me being their would ruin Christmas day. I pretty much hid on Christmas day and stayed in the kitchen and made my dad get me food from the buffet. If my Grandad came into the kitchen I went in to another room. I know it was his illness and he didn't know what he was doing but none of us knew how to deal with it. Sadly that's the last Christmas I had with him as the following year he was too bad to come out of his residential home. 

You may have seen the below image floating round social media and it's very true, don't let anyone ruin your time with family. I don't have any wise words of how to deal with that but always know you can reach out to social media and someone will be their for you. 
However if things are a bit more serious that needing someone online to chat with and have a little time out there is a host of help available out their and you are not alone, you don't have to muddle through. If you need help please reach out to one of the helplines below.

MIND

Website www.mind.org.uk

Tel No   0300 123 3393

Samaritans

Website  www.samaritans.org

Tel No      116 123 

Alcoholics Anonymous



Tel No     0800 9177650 

Stonewall


Website    www.stonewall.org.uk

Info line 08000 50 20 20 


London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

Tel No    0207 837 7324

SANELine

Website   www.sane.org.uk

Tel No     0300 304 7000

Papyrus, Prevention of young suicide


Website  www.papyrus-uk.org 

National self-help body for the Transgender community

Beaumont Society


Information Line 01582 412220


Childline




Depression Alliance



Refuge

Website   www.refuge.org.uk

Tel No     0808 2000 247

Beat
Beating eating disorders.


Help line 0345 634 1414
Youth Line 0345 634 7650

Shelter
Website  www.shelter.org.uk
Tel No    0808 800 4444

NHS Direct

1111 

No Panic

Tel No  0844 967 4848
youth helpline     01753 840393

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