Christmas can be a difficult time for many of us. If you’re feeling low or lonely, or having distressing thoughts, we’ve provided some useful numbers below.

  • Samaritans

Provides confidential, nonjudgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.

Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day)

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  • SANEline

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems.

Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm - 10:30pm) open 365 days a year

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  • NHS Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline

Freephone helpline ran by the NHS for the people of Lancashire offering support, information and someone to talk to.

Telephone: 0800 915 4640 Mon-Fri 7pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-12am

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  • The Mix

Provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems.

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm)

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  • Childline

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen.

Telephone: 0800 1111

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  • The Silver Line

Phone line for people over the age of 55 who feel lonely and in need of friendship or support.

Telephone: 0800 4 70 80 90

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  • CALM

Support for men suffering distressing thoughts.

Telephone: 0800 58 58 58

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  • Women's Aid / Refuge

24 hour domestic violence helpline.

Telephone: 0808 2000 247

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  • Bereavement Care

Emotional support for anyone affected by bereavement.

Telephone: 0844 477 9400

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If you feel suicidal or feel like harming yourself or other people:

  • Call 999
  • Go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E). You can search for your local department through the NHS Choices website.