Health Board issues advice on how to look after your mental health this Christmas

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board are calling on people across North Wales to take simple steps to look after their mental health over the Christmas period.

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“A poor diet can have an adverse effect on your mood, energy levels and ability to think clearly. Knowing your limits when drinking alcohol is also equally important, as too much alcohol can change your brain’s ability to stay balanced and run smoothly. Having a little less really can make you feel a lot better!”

BCUHB are also encouraging people who are struggling to cope with the pressures associated with Christmas to contact the C.A.L.L Mental Health Helpline for Wales, which is available 24/7 over the festive period and throughout the year.

The service provides confidential emotional support and signposting to local mental health services.

C.A.L.L Helpline Manager Luke Ogden says a combination of money worries, isolation, increased alcohol intake and winter weather can have an adverse effect on people’s mental health over the Christmas period.

He said: “Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year for people who are struggling with mental ill health.

“We want anyone who is struggling to know that there will always be somebody available to listen and provide emotional support whenever they need it. For many people, simply talking about their problems with somebody who is ready to listen can make all the difference.

“People who don’t feel comfortable discussing their problems over the phone can contact us by text or via our Facebook and Twitter and we can provide support in that way, whenever it is needed.”

The free and confidential C.A.L.L Mental Health Helpline is available 24/7 to provide emotional support and signposting to local services. Call 0800 132 737, text ‘Help’ to 81066, or visit