Christmas & New Year Support
Coping at Christmas and New Year
We know that Christmas can be a difficult time for some young people, for many different reasons - from family arguments to feeling lonely. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it can be hard to escape the holiday season sometimes. It might be frustrating to hear everyone talking about Christmas if it's a time of year that you don’t enjoy.
We are here for you throughout Christmas and New Year
Christmas can be a stressful time for many families. Financial difficulties, meaning a struggle to buy presents and food, disagreements about where you will spend Christmas, if your folks are separated. When there is more alcohol about, this can cause arguments, and even the weather at this time of the year can get on peoples nerves causing arguments.
It's normal for families not to get along with each other sometimes. Every family has problems from time to time, even if they are usually happy and don't often argue. If you are worried about your family arguing, you could talk to your parents or carers about how you feel. They might not realise that you are worried about the arguing if you don't tell them.
Christmas often brings up memories of when someone special was still here, making you feel sad. Talk about how you are feeling, if you are feeling sad then it is likely others in the house will be too.
Feeling sad and lonely?
If you are feeling a bit lonely, Christmas can accentuate these feelings, remember to share how you feel, don't keep it to yourself. Try to keep busy, doing things you like. Listening to (upbeat!) music, getting out and about for a walk, all these things can help the way you feel.
Does your family usually celebrate Christmas?
Even if your family doesn't celebrate Christmas, you can still enjoy this time of year. It’s a holiday and that means you have some time to relax, enjoy yourself and see friends and family.
Talk to who you stay with let them know how it is making you feel as they may not realise how you feel.
If talking to those at home feels too tough, come here and tell us how you feel, we will listen and get back to you within 24 hours.
Services over Christmas
Doctors surgeries will be shut the Monday and Tuesday of both weeks and open again on the Wednesday.
If you need to speak to a doctor then you can call NHS24 on 111.
The Sexual Health clinics will also be shut on these days as well, so if you require the emergency contraception then call this number and they can tell you where the nearest pharmacy is during the holiday time: 0800 22 44 88 or check http://www.knowwhototurnto.org/
Perth is shut Monday to Wednesday both weeks and their drop in will be 3-5 on both Thursdays after Christmas and New Year
In Perth there will be an outreach appointment system which will be available between 12 and 3pm on both the 29th and 5th. Young people can phone either Charlotte or Kirsty on 07764290918 (CN) or 07714291800 (KH) and they will arrange to meet in town or at their office.
Dundee Drop in will be open Thursday 29th & Thursday 5th January 12-2pm
Angus Drop-in will be open 3-5pm Fridays as usual