Winter Wellbeing Resources Page
The winter season can be a difficult time for some of our clients and colleagues. With cold days and dark nights, it can be hard to stay motivated and focused.
As we move into the new year, January can be challenging for some of us, with the festivities behind us, and reflecting on the year gone by, emotions may be high and pressures may begin to emerge.
This time of reflection may be a positive time but for some of us it may be a lonely time, or a time of loss and trauma.
Feelings of uncertainty and unrest have also been exacerbated by the cost-of-living crisis.
As we are on our journey to becoming a Trauma Informed Organisation we are sharing some resources to offer support this winter.
Our two charities Community Links and Foundation offer support for mental health, domestic abuse and housing across the North of England. Visit their websites to see what support is available in your area.
For information on national support services, please see below.
Mental Health Support
MIND- If you need support with your mental health and wellbeing over the festive period you can call MIND on 0300 123 3393. Their phonelines are open 10am-6pm weekdays.
They are closed: Monday 25th December (Christmas day)Tuesday 26th December (Boxing day) Monday 1st January (New year’s day)
Side by Side is an online peer support community where you can talk about mental health and connect with others. Available 24/7 including Christmas Day and other bank holidays.
MIND have also shared some tips and coping skills to get through the festive season on their website: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/christmas-and-mental-health/christmas-coping-tips/
The Samaritans phoneline is open 24/7.
You can call them on 116 123 if you need to speak to someone about your mental health and wellbeing.
If you are in need of support, worried about a loved one or struggling to cope, you can call CALM on 0800 58 58 58.
Their phoneline is open from 5pm-midnight.
If you are under 25 and in need of mental health support during the festive period you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994.
Their phonelines are open 4pm-11pm.
Mental Health Foundation UK
The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health.
They have recently written a blog about mental health and Christmas: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/blogs/you-and-your-mental-health-still-matter-christmas
There is also a podcast episode about looking after your mental health you can listen to: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/podcasts/how-look-after-your-mental-health-christmas
Connect and Link-ED
Connect is a service that operates across West Yorkshire offering early intervention, outpatient and inpatient services for adults with eating disorders.
Link-ED is a part of the West Yorkshire Adult Eating Disorders ED Network, a tiered service providing support for people with eating disorders in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.
You can follow them on Instagram at @connectlypft where you can find helpful tips and information to navigate any challenges that may come up around the festive period.
You can also visit the BEAT website for more information and support. They are the UK Charity for Eating Disorders.
Cost of Living Crisis
You can find your local food bank, their contact details and opening times here.
If you are struggling to afford the essentials or need advice you can call 0808 208 2138. This is a free phoneline where you will speak to a trained Citizens Advice adviser.
North Yorkshire Food Banks
There are several food banks available to residents in North Yorkshire. Each centre has different hours and availability of items. There are some eligibility criteria so make sure to check these out before heading over.
North East Food Banks
FareShare North East provides food to local community groups in the North East.
You can find out more here.
The Trussell Trust also has a foodbank in Newcastle and other areas in the North East.
Help for Households
The Help for Households Campaign outlines what support is available to help with the cost of living and how to save money on energy costs.
For more information you can click here.
Energy Saving Tips
Energy Saving Checklist
Handy information sheet available here. This a checklist of energy saving tips you can use around your house to save on energy usage.
General Energy Advice
For advice on energy usage, information on grants and to use an energy efficiency calculator you can click here.
Warm and Well- North Yorkshire
Warm and Well raises awareness of the impact of cold homes on our health and wellbeing. They also offer practical solutions to reduce fuel poverty, and supports people and communities to stay warm and well whilst at home.
Domestic Abuse Resouces
The following advice can help protect anyone experiencing abuse at home:
-Try and plan an escape route. Think about where you will go so you can call the police or alert a neighbour and plan a place to meet with your children if you get separated
-Move to lower-risk parts of your home, where there is an escape route or access to a phone
-Avoid rooms like the kitchen or garage, which contain objects that could be used to hurt you
-Teach your children how to call 999 in an emergency
-If you are unable to get out of the house, barricade or lock yourself into a room, from which you can call the police and contact friends, family or neighbours
-If you are experiencing abuse or are in immediate danger, call 999, remain silent and press 55 when the operator asks you to. This will let them know you are in immediate danger and help will be despatched to you.
We provide domestic abuse services for victims in several areas across the North of England:
Foundation Durham – provides a mixture of accommodation based, floating and triage support to clients across County Durham. The Domestic Abuse Navigator Service (DAN) provides a responsive integrated support service for clients with complex needs who are fleeing domestic abuse.
+Choices – A Respect Accredited service that operates in North Yorkshire and offers an Integrated Support Service to partners, ex-partners and/or other family members who have experienced domestic abuse. A dedicated Victim Liaison Officer (VLO) will be the first point of contact. They will work in partnership with the Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS) and other agencies to provide a robust and integrated system of support.
Respect is a national organisation leading on the development of safe, effective work with perpetrators, male victims, and young people using violence in their close relationships.
The Respect website: www.respect.uk.net
If you are concerned about your behaviour or think you might be an abuser, you can call the Respect Phoneline on 0808 802 4040. It is an anonymous and confidential helpline for men and women who are abusing their partners and families and is open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. The helpline also takes calls from partners or ex-partners, friends and relatives who are concerned about perpetrators.
+Choices (North Yorkshire):
+Choices (Positive Choices) is a Respect Accredited service of Foundation (part of the Inspire North Group) for perpetrators of domestic abuse, providing an opportunity to recognise, acknowledge and change abuse behaviour.
The Positive Choices programme is available for anyone in North Yorkshire, regardless of gender or sexual orientation aged 16 years and over who is a perpetrator of domestic abuse, including repeat offenders and adolescents violent toward parents, who wish to voluntarily address their abusive behaviour.
Self referrals can be made via the form on the +Choices webpage: www.foundationuk.org/team/choices-domestic-abuse-perpetrator-programme/
To learn more about how +Choices can support perpetrators, you can watch this short video.
If you are worried a friend, neighbour or loved one might be a victim of domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, stay safe yourself and call 999.