Christmas can be the happiest time of year — but it can also bring extra pressure, affecting our mental health in lots of different ways.

As a leading NHS mental health services provider, we are keen to reiterate that we are here to offer support.

Navigo chief executive Simon Beeton said: “We can sometimes have a preconceived idea of what Christmas should be. You can feel surrounded by views of a ‘perfect’ Christmas which can be stressful. It can bring back difficult memories, make you feel alone and of course it can bring an added financial burden at a time when you may already be struggling. 

“It’s important to remember you are not alone and our services are available.

“If you or someone you know needs to talk, please remember that as a leading mental health services provider, we are here to help.

“That includes anyone who currently accesses our services or individuals who may need to reach out and talk to someone for the first time.

“We’re experienced in listening to people and are here to support you both in that moment and longer term should you wish.”

Throughout the festive season, we are continuing to provide services throughout North East Lincolnshire.

For free and confidential mental health support call (01472) 256256 option 3 or freephone 08081 968442 — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or call NHS 111, free of charge.

If you're experiencing a mental health emergency, you can walk in to Harrison House on Peaks Lane in Grimsby, 24 hours a day.

You can also text ORANGE to 85258 to start a free text conversation with Shout. Please note, this service is not run by the Navigo crisis team.

If you’re in immediate physical danger or have a medical emergency, call 999.

Safespace crisis café will be open across the festive period, including Christmas Day. 

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service advice line can be contacted between 9AM and 5PM, Monday to Friday on (01472) 252570. Outside these hours, call the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256 and select option 3.

Simon added: “We’d like to send best wishes to everyone for the festive season and New Year - take care, stay safe and please know we are here to support you.”