This year has been incredibly tough for a lot of people and so we just want to say from all of the team here at FIRST, that we wish you all a festive and happy holiday season and that we hope you all have a much better 2021.
This is going to be a Christmas season unlike any other you will have ever faced, many of you choosing not to see friends and family or perhaps spending it without someone who was here last year.
If for whatever reason you are particularly struggling this year, please reach out to those who can help whether that be a trusted friend or family member, or an organisation that provides support to those in need or even your GP.
It is vitally important we all take some time to look after ourselves, so that we can look forward to a much better Christmas next year.
We've popped a few links below for anyone who feels like they might be struggling - please get in touch and use these services if you think you need that extra bit of support.
Talking Therapies - This will take you to the NHS directory of Talking Therapies, you are able to self-refer once you have identified your local service.
Samaritans - Provides a listening service for those at risk of suicide, you can also call direct on 116 123 for free
Campaign Against living Miserably CALM - Provides listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide, including a web chat
Kooth - Counsellors available until 10pm every day. Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people. Check whether this is offered in your area