Need Help At Christmas? Contact Meic
♬♫It’s the most wonderful time of the year♫♫ So why are you having those negative thoughts? Why are you feeling sad / worried / upset / confused?You’re not allowed to feel like this at Christmas, are you?
This article is also available in Welsh – I ddarllen y blog Cymraeg clicia yma
It’s not that easy is it? Just because it’s meant to be a joyful and happy time, doesn’t mean it is for everyone. You can’t just switch those feelings off just because it’s Christmas. This time of year can actually heighten these feelings. The festive period can cause people to become more depressed, angry, upset, lonely, anxious etc.
Someone on your side
If you need to talk then Meic is someone on your side. Our helpline advisors provide information, advice and advocacy to children and young people aged up to 25 in Wales. Just because it’s Christmas our support doesn’t stop, our advisors are there for you even on Christmas day. The helpline will be open from 8am to midnight every day of the week.
You can contact by phone (0808 80 23456), text (84001) or web chat. All contacts are confidential, anonymous and free.
Meic is open 8am to midnight, if you need help outside of these hours then contact NHS 111 Wales by calling 111; the Samaritans on 116123 (or if you prefer to talk in Welsh call 0808 164 0123); or Childline on 0800 1111.
Articles of interest
Take a look at our blog section – there may be a blog relevant to what you’re going through right now. There’s lots of informative blogs as well as Grab the Meic (an agony aunt section where people have contacted us for advice on all kinds of issues).
If you’re looking for some specific Christmas advice here’s a couple from our archive:
- Coping with Grief at Christmas
- Home From University for Christmas
- Christmas: It’s not the most wonderful time of the year for some young people
To finish, all our advisors would like to wish you all the best this Christmas and are always there for you throughout the year.
If you need to talk to someone about anything that’s bothering you, then call Meic to talk to a friendly advisor.
Meic is an information and advocacy helpline for children and young people aged 0-25 in Wales. We are open 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. You can contact us free on the phone (080880 23456), text message (84001) or online chat.