Charity responds to latest Christmas Covid-19 restrictions amid fears for those experiencing poor mental health

Local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has responded to the latest government guidance about the Christmas holiday, by reminding people that they remain open 24/7 over the festive period to support local people with their mental health.  

“If Christmas is a hard time for you, it’s important to remember that you are not alone,” Emma Dallimore, HEY Mind.

On 19th December, The Government announced tougher restrictions and an introduction of a new Tier 4 for areas with higher Covid-19 rates. It was also announced that those living in Tier 1, 2 and 3 areas will only be allowed to form a Christmas bubble for Christmas Day, rather than from December 23 to 27 as had previously been stated.

The charity believes that although tougher restrictions are needed to control the spread of the virus, this may leave local people across Hull and East Yorkshire feeling lonely and isolated over the Christmas period. New rules mean that people across the local area might have to spend Christmas day alone, or have traditional Christmas plans changed – whether it’s because of the pandemic or for other reasons.

Back in April, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind revealed that they had extended the hours of their Information and Advice Line to 24 hours a day to support local people who may be finding things difficult during the current Covid-19 crisis. This was made possible as part of our partnership with Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust. 

Emma Dallimore, Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said:

“Whether or not Christmas is part of your life, your mental health might be affected by it happening around you. It’s a time of year that often puts extra pressure on us, and can affect our mental health in lots of different ways.

If Christmas is a hard time for you, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Our Information and Advice Line will be continuing to operate 24 hours a day over the festive period, should you need information, advice or support, or simply want someone to talk to.”

If you are struggling with your mental health and would like some information or advice, you can call 01482 240133 24 hours per day or email info@heymind.org.uk. You can also use their Freephone 0800 138 0990 or text 07520 633447.

Alternatively, you can visit www.heymind.org.uk/coronavirus for more information on managing your mental health during the pandemic. The webpage also includes tips on how to cope over the festive period.

[Jack Moore – HEY Mind]

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