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Two in five Welsh people are too embarrassed to admit they are lonely at Christmas

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

New research from the mental health charity Mind Cymru suggests two in five people in Wales are too embarrassed to admit they are lonely at Christmas.

The general population poll of 2,051 people also found that well over a third of people (38%) in Wales would not feel able to ask for help at Christmas if they were struggling emotionally.

This was by far the highest in the UK and almost double other areas.

43%
of people in Wales say they are too embarrassed to admit they are lonely at Christmas.
  • Over a third of people in Wales feel unable to ask for help when struggling emotionally, higher than anywhere else in the UK
  • One in seven people consider taking their own life because of the festive period, joint highest in the UK
  • One in ten people in Wales (11%) consider harming themselves because of the festive period
45%
of 18 to 24 year olds say they feel embarrassed to admit that they are lonely at Christmas.

Although for many people Christmas is a time of festivity, it can bring its challenges and for some people it can accentuate feelings of loneliness which can really impact on our mental health.

If you're already struggling under the emotional toll of the festive period, not feeling able to reach out for support can leave you thinking that there's nowhere to turn.

– Susan O'Leary, Head of Operations for Mind Cymru