So many of us take our families for granted at Christmas. We assume that we’ll spend 3 or 4 days visiting and receiving guests, and in some cases bemoan this fact.
However, too many are alone. I spent 5 years working with elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes, and while many went to visit family, a lot were alone, except for us who worked with them.
Please take some time this season to remember those who may not have visitors, who may be feeling low or alone.
And if you are feeling alone this year, there are people ready and waiting to talk with you.
This list was compiled by the lovely Kellie at www.bigfashionista.co.uk
MIND http://www.mind.org.uk 0300 123 3393
Samaritans http://www.samaritans.org 08457 90 90 90
Alcoholics Anonymous http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/newcomers 0845 769 7555
Stonewall http://www.stonewall.org.uk Info line 08000 50 20 20
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard 0207 837 7324
SANELine http://www.sane.org.uk 0845 767 8000
Childline http://www.childline.org.uk 0800 1111
Depression alliance http://www.depressionalliance.org
Refuge http://www.refuge.org.uk 0808 2000 247
Eating Disorders Association http://www.edauk.com 0845 634 1414
Shelter http://www.shelter.org.uk 0808 800 4444
NHS Direct http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk 0845 4647
No Panic http://www.no-panic.co.uk 0808 808 0545
Please don’t suffer alone, these people are waiting to answer your call.