Addressing holiday mental health

The Christmas holiday season, while festive for many, can be a period of heightened stress, loneliness, and financial strain for others. This is particularly true for the unemployed, as evidenced by recent YouGov and Priory Group surveys. With 38% of unemployed individuals feeling low around Christmas, and many experiencing increased stress and loneliness, the need for supportive interventions is clear.

“A quarter of people say Christmas makes their mental health worse”

In general, would you say the Christmas period has a positive or negative impact on your mental health compared to the rest of the year, or is there no difference? % *

YouGov survey - How does Christmas impact people's mental health?

This is where our New Futures course comes into play. Our next course starts on November 21 offering vital support to those in the Hampshire & Surrey regions who are most affected during this season. Our course, running online for five weeks, provides a lifeline during these challenging times.

Crucially, we need more funders and supporters of mental health and employment initiatives. By funding programs like Safe New Futures, you’re directly contributing to the wellbeing of individuals during one of the most challenging times of the year. This support not only alleviates immediate stress but also fosters long-term resilience and growth. We invite you to learn more about our impact and how your support can make a real difference this Christmas.

* Chart taken from the YouGov survey

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