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Cultivating Wellbeing - Managing stress over the festive period.

This week Paddy and Nikki share some useful ideas which may help us to stay well over the festive season.

Christmas and New Year can be a stressful time for many reasons, but this year will be especially difficult due to the Covid-19 restrictions. It is therefore even more important that we make time for cultivating wellbeing over the coming weeks.

Whether it is planning your Christmas day itinerary, reaching out to friends for support or getting involved with something in the community we hope there will be something in this video that appeals to you.

If you do find anything in our Vlog useful, or maybe develop a strategy of your own, why not let us know by posting a message below?

A couple of suggestions for activities local to Liverpool on Xmas day 2020:

And here's some useful contacts for if you are feeling challenged over the festive period:

NHS Volunteer Responders

If you are feeling lonely and need someone to talk on Christmas day, reach out on:

0808 196 3646 (lines open 8am to 8pm every day throughout Christmas and New Year).


Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.


  • 116 123 (free to call from within the UK and Ireland), 24 hours a day

  • Email:


Mind offers advice, support and information to people experiencing a mental health difficulty and their family and friends. Mind also has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help and assistance.

Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm (except bank holidays).


  • Info Line: 0300 123 3393 to call, or text 86463

  • Email

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

A helpline for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.


  • Helpline: 0800 58 58 58

  • Webchat:

5pm to midnight, every day of the year

If you're in crisis and need to speak to someone:

Mersey Care NHS Mental Health Support provides support for adults in a crisis. For urgent help 24/7 call 0151 296 7200 or Freephone 0800 145 6570


  • Call NHS 111 (for when you need help but are not in immediate danger)

  • Contact your GP and ask for an emergency appointment

  • Contact the Samaritans (details above)

  • Use the 'Shout' crisis text line - text SHOUT to 85258

  • Call 999 in an emergency

Best Wishes everybody and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

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