The health and care partnership for Bradford District and Craven has launched a digital Christmas mental health advent calendar on the Healthy Minds social platforms; Twitter @healthymindsbdc (opens in a new window) Facebook @HealthyMindsBDC (opens in a new window) and Instagram @healthyminds.bdc (opens in a new window)
The Healthy Minds website (opens in a new window) is run by the local NHS, Mind in Bradford and Bradford Council under the Act as One health and care partnership for Bradford District and Craven.
For each of the days, there will be information about what services people can access across the district to help with their mental health. There will also be information about how to self-care, as this can play a role in maintaining your mental health.
Dr Angela Moulson, a local GP and Clinical Director for Mental Wellbeing at NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know that at any point of the year can be difficult for people. During Christmas some people maybe spending time on their own, unable to spend time with their loved ones for various reasons, or it maybe that you generally struggle to cope with Christmas. We’re all faced with different challenges that affect out mental health and this Christmas maybe particularly difficult, as some of us may have lost loved ones to Covid, and it would be the first without them.
“Having the advent calendar will allow us to share information about the different services you can access for your mental health. Most of the services are open all year round and we’d encourage you to access them in a time of need. If you’re struggling or need someone to talk to, please speak to someone whether it’s a friend or a family member that you trust, if you don’t feel like accessing any support. Talking to someone about how you feel can help.
“There are things that we can do ourselves to help with our mental health. Self-care can help you manage stress, feeling anxious, low mood, and problems sleeping. You can visit the MyWellbeing College website (opens in a new window) which has helpful resources on how you can self-care.
Helen Davey, Chief Executive at Mind in Bradford, said: “Mental health is just as important as physical health. We’re asking everyone to share the calendar with family, friends, and work colleagues so they can access the support they need. No-one should feel like they have no one to turn to.”
Anyone that is in a crisis, please contact Bradford District and Craven First Response on 0800 952 1181 (all calls are free) operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
People wanting to talk, can access Guide-Line, which has its phone lines open between 12pm to 12am on 08001 884 884 (all calls are free), and can be accessed online between 3pm to 9pm here. (opens in a new window.)