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Mental health tips for the Christmas period

A South Yorkshire-based health trust which provides a range of services across the borough to people experiencing difficulties with their mental health has issued the following advice for residents who may be experiencing more than just the winter blues over the Christmas period.

Matt Pollard, Director for mental health services for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust , said: “For some people the festive season brings increased levels of anxiety and stress, and for others it may intensify feelings of loneliness, sadness and isolation.

“It’s important for people to know there is always someone to talk to and to seek help when it’s needed. In the first instance Rotherham residents should try and speak to their GP or the out of hours on call GP.

“In an emergency situation, where you, or someone you know has concerns about their immediate mental health, you should ring our Crisis Team on Rotherham 01709 302670.”

The Trust also has specialist mental health staff, working in the Emergency Department at Rotherham Hospital, who support the hospital staff and offer advice and assistance when people, both adults and children are admitted.

Dr Anand Barmade, local GP and GP lead for mental health at NHS Rotherham CCG, said: “With one in four adults developing mental health problems in any one year, Christmas can be a difficult time for many people. It’s important to know that there is always someone to talk to and help is available when you need it.”

Another alternative is calling The Samaritans free on 116 123 or the NHS 111. However, if anyone has actually harmed themselves they should attend Emergency Department immediately.

Rotherham residents who are worried that someone may be experiencing suicidal thoughts can find advice on the Be the One suicide prevention website at https://www.be-the-one.co.uk/

There are a number of national helplines that also offer support, a list of useful links can be found in the ‘Support and advice’ section via the following link: http://www.rdash.nhs.uk

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