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Looking after your mental health and wellbeing over Christmas

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing over Christmas

By Rachel Carless, Partnership Manager of Brighton and Hove’s Community Roots Service.  


Whilst the festive season can be an exciting and joyful time of year, it can also bring challenges. Juggling life and work, Christmas preparations, children’s activities and socialising with friends and family can be stressful.


For some, Christmas can also be a lonely experience and sometimes a reminder of happier times. Looking after your mental health can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. It can be hard to take that first step, to ask for help! You’re not alone there but there are people that care and can help.


Mental health challenges can affect us all, whatever our age, background or culture. If you are struggling to cope this Christmas, for whatever reason, please get in touch. Our experienced and caring team are here to talk to, listen and provide support.


To speak to someone about what community services are available to support your mental health and wellbeing, please give us a ring on FREEPHONE 0808 196 1768 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). You can also visit our website:    


Community Roots is a network of community-based, non-clinical mental health and wellbeing support in Brighton and Hove.


Please note the phone line is closed on 25th & 26th December, then re-opens on Friday 27th. The lines are also open on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st December but closed for the public holiday on 1st January. Lines resume service again on Thursday 2nd January 2020.


Additional support:

If you are in crisis and require support during the Christmas period, please use one of the following services for support:


Samaritans 116 123

Confidential emotional support. This number is free to call from mobiles and landlines and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For support over email, use


More information about Samaritans can be found here:


Sussex Mental Health line 0300 5000 101

Open 5pm to 9am, Monday to Friday and 24 hours at weekends and on bank holidays in Brighton and Hove. A telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. This service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals. Text Relay calls and New Generation Text calls from hearing and speech impaired callers welcome.


Their website:


Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) 0300 304 0078

A 24 hour mental health crisis support service for individuals that think they are at risk of harming themselves or others. To find out more about MHRRS please visit:


Cascade Coffee Shop

The Cascade Coffee Shop will be open through Christmas and New Year's Day, offering a safe & welcoming space for anyone struggling or feeling isolated over the holidays. Cascade is located at: 24 Baker Street, Brighton, BN1 4JN.


Their Christmas opening times:

Christmas Eve 11am-3pm

Christmas Day 11am-3pm

Thursday 26th 11am-3pm

Friday 27th 11am-3pm

Monday 30th CLOSED

New Year's Eve CLOSED

New Year's Day 11am-3pm

Thursday 2nd usual opening hours






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