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Keeping well at Christmas

You already have lots of skills which you have been using to support people, you don’t need to be a specialist in the troubles people may have over Christmas. Your non-judgemental and compassionate listening can go a long way in supporting people!

Around this time of year, we might feel pulled to do more or offer more of ourselves. Sometimes it can be helpful to take a step back and give yourself time to reflect on what support you are offering. For example, we might feel that we want to offer more regular calls to someone, which we wouldn’t normally do. Although this is a perfectly understandable pull, we wanted to encourage you to remember the boundaries of the MFHA network, and to make sure you aren’t stretching yourself to meet someone else’s need. Please let us know if you want to talk more about this.

It might be more difficult over the Christmas holidays to find a quiet and confidential space to have these conversations, especially as the “work from home” guidance has been reintroduced. This is just a reminder that it is important to do your best to make sure that you can’t be overheard. It might also be helpful to have a designated space to make these calls, to help you to separate your home and work lives.

It is ok to ask for help. This is often the message we are trying to give the people we support, but sometimes it can be harder to do this for ourselves. If you have a particularly difficult call, or you need to talk to someone, please let us know.

Please try to take some time for yourself. You have all worked incredibly hard in your day-to-day roles, and taken on the added responsibility of supporting others, throughout the pandemic. It’s been another difficult year, with lots of uncertainty and stress, and you deserve to take a break and rest.

The mental health and wellbeing section of has lots of resources and links which might be helpful for ourselves or those we support through the Mental Health First Aid Network, over the Christmas period. Of course, this list is not exhaustive and there may be other local services running which you know about.

Thank you so much for all your hard work within the Mental Health First Aid Network over the last year. Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!