The festive season can be very tough if you’re feeling down.  If you have a trusted friend or family member you can talk to, tell them how you are feeling.  If there is no-one you feel able to tell, then there are helplines that are open 24/7 throughout the holiday period.

Low mood, tearfulness, lack of sleep and low appetite are all symptoms of depression.  If you experience them for more than a few days please do seek professional help through your GP. 

It is important to remember a sexual assault is never your fault and help is always available.

Contact a helpline: During the Christmas Period

  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • ChildLine: 0800 1111
  • SHOUT (SMS Service): Text 85258

Specialist helpline support throughout the year:

  • The Survivors Trust: 08088 010818
  • Galop- National LGBT Helpline: 0800 999 5428
  • Safeline- National Male Survivor Helpline: 0808 800 5005

If you are in crisis and can’t get through to anyone, then the quickest way to get help is to call 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department: 

Remember you aren’t alone this Christmas or any other time of the year. See link for more information about what to do: Crisis services and planning for a crisis 

Understanding & Coping with the Christmas Blues

A self-help guide for survivors of rape and sexual assault

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