We are so glad you are here.
Christmas isn’t always the picture perfect time of year we are sold through ads and films. It can be a real tricky time of year for a number of reasons – be it grief, loneliness, addiction and more. These issues don’t stop on December 25th.
Here at Hector’s House – we don’t want to you to feel you must be jolly and thankful during the festive season. We want, and need, you safe and well. This is your safe space during the Christmas period. You are allowed to feel your true feelings. You are allowed to have a pretty sh*tty day. Just because it’s Christmas, it doesn’t make our troubles go away. We understand that. We see you. You are always welcome here.
Take a look below at some of the resources available to you to help keep yourself safe and well this Christmas. You matter greatly to us.
Our friends at the Mental Health Foundation have put together an amazing guide for staying well at Christmas time.
Need a moment to yourself? That’s very much encouraged here. Take a look at our self-care tips for some well-being inspiration.
Take a look through our Library of Calm – your safe space on the internet – for a moment of relaxation during the festivities.
Christmas can be a tough time if you or a loved one struggles with addiction. Take a look at the amazing organisation Rehab4Addiction below.
Christmas during a pandemic can be really stressful. Check out the Priory Group’s top tips to manage anxiety during COVID.
If you are in a domestic abusive situation this Christmas, please reach out for support. The NHS have compiled a list of resources for you.
The festive season can be really tough for someone with an eating disorder. Our friends at the Recovery Clinic have some great advice for you.
Celebrating Christmas without a loved can seem like a daunting task. Cruse are here for you. Take a look at their amazing advice.
If you or a loved one is facing homelessness this Christmas, please contact the wonderful local charity DENS for support.
If you are in the LGBTQ+ community, we understand that Christmas can be a challenging time. Take a look at Mind Out’s great advice.
Feeling alone affects people of every age during the festive season. Read this blog by Papyrus and call their helpline if you need to talk.
If you have an ongoing mental health condition, illness or are not feeling great, take a look at this advice blog on how to prepare for Christmas.
If you are in need of urgent mental health assistance, please call a helpline listed below or take a look at our advice.
Supporting a loved one with a mental health illness during Christmas can be really draining. Take a look at Mind’s support tips.
If you are a young person, Childline has great advice and support waiting for you all throughout Christmas if you are finding it tough.
You can access SHOUT’s textline by texting HECTOR to 85258 to speak to someone today. It is free, confidential and open 24/7.
Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call them today on 116 123.
Find a local urgent NHS helpline. It is 24/7 and will help you discover the best pathway to care for you or a loved one. Or call 111 / 999 if it is an emergency.