Turn2Me runs one-to-one counselling and support groups 365 days a year.
National mental health charity Turn2Me expects an increase in demand for its services over the festive period.
With this in mind, Turn2Me has launched a free ‘Christmas Blues’ support group which will run over the Christmas period and is reminding the public that it is offering free one-to-one counselling sessions 365 days a year.
“The Christmas period is something most people look forward to,” said Turn2Me CEO Fiona O’Malley.
“But it can be a really difficult period for so many people too, particularly if they’ve lost a loved one and are facing their first Christmas without them. It can also be very challenging for people who have anxiety or depression, which can be exacerbated by of the amount of socially demanding situations over the festive season.”
Ms O’Malley added: “Finally, it can be a difficult time for anyone in a bad relationship. The cracks can worsen during a period of spending a lot of time together or apart from one another, and people can compare their relationships to the ones we see glimpses of on social media.”
Turn2Me runs one-to-one counselling and support groups 365 days a year, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day. Anyone feeling lonely, anxious, depressed, or struggling with grief can avail of their free mental health supports via Turn2Me.ie
Said Turn2Me Clinical Manager Suzanne Ennis: “Christmas isn’t a jolly time everyone. Family or social get-togethers are not always joyous occasions. Stress levels can be at an all-time high for people before, in the middle and after Christmas. There is the societal expectation that we are all in high spirits, festive, feeling generous and want to celebrate. The reality for a lot of people is vastly different.
“Comparisons are made, we tend to fall short of them, and think what is wrong with me? It is important to remember that we are all only human, if you are struggling, cannot seem to get on top of things. Reach out for assistance, seek professional support. We are running daily support groups from December 25 to January 1.”