Blue Christmas Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year... well, not for everyone.

Christmas for most people is a fun time of year, filled with parties, celebrations, and social gatherings with family and friends. For many people however, it is a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety.

''The Cloud of grey comes and I just want to pull the covers over my head and say wake me up when it's all over...'' - Harry O'Shea
''I feel Christmas will feel more sad when I’m at home because she won't be there...'' - Jenni Cliff

LOSS

The Christmas season is filled with ritual, tradition and expectation, so when a person who was a part of the tradition dies, the loss is increased.

It’s a season that can make mourning even more difficult, the hole in your heart suddenly becomes very evident at this time of the year...
Jenni sadly lost her mum to cancer earlier this year and this will be her first Christmas without her.
The feeling and joy of the season is often accompanied by very different emotions and memories...

Because Jenni has been through a lot this year, to make her Christmas a little more special we were able to give her a special gift thanks to Very.co.uk and their #LoveGiving Christmas campaign.

Very Pink Gift Box
Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the long winter evenings and anxiety during the months of September to December may cause even those who are usually content to experience a lack of fulfilment.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a seasonal form of depression that gets worse around a particular season, most commonly in the winter. As with other forms of depression, some people find it almost impossible to live their normal life while affected by it.

1 in 3 people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder
Common signs of SAD:
  • low mood losing interest in your usual activities
  • finding it difficult to concentrate
  • low energy levels
  • finding it difficult to wake up in the morning
  • depression and anxiety

For more information and advise about Seasonal Affective Disorder click the button below

A Homeless Christmas

Imagine being homeless at Christmas
Christmas is a time for family and friends, yet there are still far too many people for who it is the coldest and loneliest time of year.
The death rate of rough sleepers is 25 times that of the rest of the population.

The Christmas season is a particularly difficult time of the year resulting in people sleeping in the streets because they have no money or place to go...

For many homeless people this Christmas, 'home' is likely to be described as cold, wet, lonely and unsafe...

Have you ever driven past a homeless person and stopped to think what Christmas must be like for them? The pain of loneliness is often never more noticeable than it is at Christmas...

We all should reach out and offer a lending hand or just a smile and a kind word... this could make a homeless person's Christmas a little brighter

Click on the buttons below to find out how you could donate and help people take their first steps out of homelessness this Christmas.

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Catrin Davies
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