[Beating the winter blues]
The festivities are upon us and while for many this is a time of fun and cheer, others struggle to cope with the added expectations that Christmas brings.
Loneliness becomes more apparent at a time when friends and family are getting together and the financial pressures of having the perfect Christmas could also be a trigger for things like stress, anxiety and depression.
But in Stockport there is no need to suffer in silence as plenty of support, advice and help is available.
You don’t even need to visit your GP to get help as you can refer yourself into one of two mental wellbeing services freely available in the borough.
The services are Healthy Minds Stockport and Stockport Psychological Wellbeing Service.
They offer a range of support and treatment options for common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, panic attacks, low mood, feeling sad, problems with sleeping, dealing with bereavement, agitation or low self-esteem.
Anyone aged 16 or over living in Stockport can refer themselves. It’s quick and easy, and you will get the right support to meet your needs.
The services are on offer at venues around Stockport and include one-to-one therapy sessions, group workshops and online self-help courses at venues or at home – something to suit everyone.
Stockport’s lead GP Dr Ranjit Gill is urging anyone experiencing symptoms such as lack of motivation, tearfulness, feeling worried, lack of energy, or disturbed sleep patterns, to seek advice.
Dr Gill added “Struggling to cope with feelings of stress, anxiety or low mood can impact on your work, relationships and day-to-day life so it’s important to remember that you don’t have to deal with these feelings alone – there is plenty of help out there so please use it.”
For more details visit www.penninecare.nhs.uk/healthyminds or www.stockportpws.org.uk or if you’d prefer to talk to a person ring 0161 480 2020.
You can also check the websites to see the massive array of mental health issues that the services can help you with. Remember you are not alone – one in four people will struggle with problems at some stage in their lifetime.
The Samaritans are also available to lend a listening ear on 0161 432 1221