Become Care Advice Line, which is for care experienced young people up to 27, and the adults supporting them, will be open from 10am-5pm until the 23rd December, from 10am-1pm on the 24th December, and open 10am-5pm on the 29th-31st December. This can be reached on 0800 023 2033 or by emailing email@example.com
Become will also be holding a Check In Link Up (our weekly social event for care leavers aged 18-27) during the Christmas period on the 30th December. This will take place from 5.30pm-7pm on zoom- and is a chance for young people to come together, chat, play some games, have fun, and generally support their wellbeing. If a young person wants to attend this session, please ask them to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send them the joining info nearer the time- and please also share this Link Up agreement with them to check they are happy with this- https://www.becomecharity.org.uk/media/2849/link-up-agreement-final.pdf
Other support information that might be helpful to young people over this time:
Tips from Mind in preparing for, and coping over the Christmas period - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/christmas-and-mental-health/christmas-and-mental-health/.
Tips from CALM in preparing for, and coping with the Christmas period- https://www.thecalmzone.net/2019/11/christmas-getting-too-much-introducing-noel/?highlight=christmas
A list of Christmas dinners being provided all over the UK: http://thechristmasdinners.org.uk/christmas-present/
Support for those struggling with mental health over the Christmas period:
Listening Works- phone, text and web chat support every evening from-6pm -midnight. This is a service for care leavers aged 18-27. https://www.family-action.org.uk/listening-works/ Phone line 0808 802 0222.
The Mix- Helpline and messaging service for young people up to 25. Helpline 0808 808 4994. https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support
Childline will be running throughout Christmas and the New Year, offering online and phone services to all children and young people up to the age of 19. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/home-families/seasonal-events/christmas/
https://www.thecalmzone.net/ - CALM- Mental Health Support for men, helpline open 365 days a year, 0800 58 58 58.
Mind Info Line provides information and signposting advice on mental health issues. Helpline 0300 123 3393.
Mental health crisis - for young people
Mental health crisis – for all ages