Looking After Yourself at Christmas
Despite the festive cheer and celebrations, Christmas can be a tough time for some people, particularly those who have lost loved ones or are feeling alone and isolated.
We would like to encourage people to check in with their families and friends during the holiday period and to look after your own mental wellbeing.
If you are finding it difficult to cope during the Christmas period please remember that there are people there to support you such as family members or friends.
If, for whatever reason you feel you cannot confide in them, there are plenty of support services available to help you, such as the Samaritans and Childline.
If you feel you need medical assistance, please go straight to your nearest hospital or Dial 999.
You can also contact the A&E Crisis Team, University Hospital, Limerick at: 087 6472354
Alternatively the following supports are available:
Samaritans offer a 24hr free, confidential service that provides emotional support to those who are lonely, distressed or feeling suicidal.
- They can be contacted at free phone 116 123 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Samaritans also have a drop in service that is open seven days a week from 10am-10pm at 20 Barrington St, Limerick.
- You can also find information and support online at www.samaritans.org
Childline, offers support to young people (U18s) & can be contacted 24 hours a day at
- free phone 1800 666 666
- texting ‘TALK’ to 50101 (please note their text service is open from 10am-4am).
- You can also find information and support online at www.childline.ie
Meanwhile, family gatherings, socialising and the financial strain associated with Christmas sometimes leads to moments of stress and anxiety. Websites such as www.spunout.ie provide online support, information and tips on how to cope with the more challenging side of the festive periods.