To every survivor who feels lost, isolated or forgotten - you are not alone.  

Christmas bursts into our lives with twinkling lights, mince pies and endless carols. Yet we often forget our daily challenges do not just disappear when the first door of the advent calendar opens.  

We understand that for many survivors the festive period can be challenging. There is an overwhelming expectation to be happy and a great emphasis on family. This idealist view of the festive season is sadly not the reality for some. Combined with the challenges we have faced in 2020, it is understandable that you may be feeling more overwhelmed than ever this Christmas. If you do, please remember, it is okay. Even if everyone else is dancing around in Santa hats, your feelings are still valid.  

Try to step back from the external pressure and expectations of the holiday season. To help you navigate this time of year in a way that works for you, take a look at our 12 tips for Surviving Christmas blog. The kindest gift you can give to yourself at Christmas is to look after your own health and wellbeing.  

To all survivors & their loved ones this Christmas, we are always thinking of you.  

Wishing you all a safe and peaceful Christmas,  

Your team at The Survivors Trust x

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Mind - Christmas and your mental health: Mind explains how the period around Christmas and New Year might affect your mental health and gives tips on how to cope and suggestions for supporting someone else.