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The Press Association: Mental health fears over Christmas

December 21, 2009

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“It can be a time which highlights issues such as loneliness and can increase financial pressures,” she said.

“As a result physical and mental health can suffer.

“However, research has shown while that suicide rates fall at Christmas, they increase directly afterwards and peak on New Year’s Day.”

Tips for surviving Christmas include not putting too much pressure on yourself, not being afraid to say no to invitations, arrange free activities outside the family home, or plan to spend Christmas with someone who may also be alone.

Ms Fortune said people should also be aware of overspending and not use alcohol as a crutch if they feel down.

via The Press Association: Mental health fears over Christmas.

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