Rethink Mental Illness in Wiltshire is offering valuable support to individuals struggling with their mental health during the festive season. The charity’s helpline provides trained volunteers who are available to listen and assist with various issues such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and abuse. A recent survey conducted by the charity revealed that 77% of people feel isolated during Christmas, even when surrounded by family. This emphasizes the need for accessible support during this time.
To further expand their support services, Rethink Mental Illness will be launching a free and confidential text message service. This service is made possible through funding from Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire Commissioning Group. The survey conducted by the charity also found that 88% of respondents feel pressured to enjoy or pretend to be happy during Christmas. By offering these support services, Rethink Mental Illness aims to alleviate the burden that individuals may experience during the festive period.
Ian Blair-Pilling, the cabinet member for Public Health at Wiltshire Council, encourages individuals who are struggling to reach out for support. He assures that the support services provided by Rethink Mental Illness are non-judgmental and available to everyone. By raising awareness about these services, the hope is that more people will feel empowered to seek help and find the support they need during this challenging time.
It’s important to acknowledge that the holiday season can be difficult for many individuals, particularly those dealing with mental health issues. Rethink Mental Illness is taking a proactive approach to address this by providing accessible and confidential support services. By reaching out to those who may be feeling isolated or pressured, the charity offers a lifeline for individuals who may be struggling during the festive season.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health during the holidays, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. Rethink Mental Illness is there to listen and provide assistance. Remember, you’re not alone, and help is available.