During the winter period it can be difficult to adjust with the changing of seasons - cold weather and darker days, which may lead to us not feeling our usual selves. This, coupled with public health actions such as social distancing, remote working, the use of face coverings, and limited personal interaction can make us feel more isolated.
The links below are helpful resources to give you further information on the signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). They can help give you guidance and support at this time of year.
Mind - for better mental health
At Macmillan, we’re here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. So whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.
Call: 0808 808 00 00
Email: Email Form
Webchat: Webchat Service Available
Social community: Online Community
Visit: macmillan.org.uk for further information and support, and to access webchat
The leading mental health charity Mind can provide information on a range of topics including the types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments.
Call: 0300 123 3393
If you need someone to talk to, Samaritans listen. Whatever you're going through, you can contact them any time.
Call: 116 123
PAPYRUS aims to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives, by breaking down the stigma around suicide and equipping people with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour. HOPELINEUK is the charity’s confidential helpline service, providing practical advice and support to young people with thoughts of suicide and anyone concerned about a young person who may have thoughts of suicide. HOPELINEUK is staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and people up to the age of 35.
Call: 0800 068 41 41
Text: 07786 209697
Provided by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and supported by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the helpline advises on a range of matters including occupational health and wellbeing, support and advice for people with stress, and home worries such as divorce, tax and financial concerns. The services can also provide emergency financial aid to the construction community in times of crisis.
Call: 0345 605 1956
Open 24/7, many of the knowledgeable advisors are veterans too, so have a good understanding of the issues you may be facing when you leave the Armed Forces. They can quickly assess your needs and either connect you to one of their expert partners or advise you on which organisation can assist. Their big network of partners, from both the military and non-military sectors, can support you with a range of issues including: finances, housing, mental wellbeing, physical health and employability.
Call: 0808 802 1212
Ask a question: support.veteransgateway.org.uk/app/ask
The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement.
Call: 0808 808 1677
Step Change provides the UK’s most comprehensive debt advice service. The team helps people with debt problems take back control of their finances and their lives. The support they offer is free, impartial and confidential and every client receives expert, personalised advice to help them deal with their debts.
Call: 0800 138 1111
The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix's support via phone, email, webchat, peer to peer and counselling services.
Call: 0808 808 4994
Text: 'THEMIX' to 85258
The Money Advice Service is an independent service, set up by the government to help people make the most of their money. They give free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and webchat.
Call: 0800 138 7777
Webchat: Webchat Service Available
Typetalk: 18001 0800 915 4622
Travis Perkins does not provide any direct support or advice to individuals. You may wish to check with your employer if confidential counselling and advice services are available.