Christmas Community Support

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SWEDA's Coping at Christmas Helpsheet 

Our Coping at Christmas resource will help anyone who is struggling to manage an eating disorder at Christmas, as well as their family and friends. We provide advice on how to approach the subject with loved ones and suggest ways to provide self-care. 

Helplines and Chats

SWEDA's Mindline

Our team are ready to help you discuss your experiences with disordered eating and can signpost you to further support. Many of our clients begin their recovery journey with a conversation with a trained volunteer and then begin treating their symptoms with support groups or counselling sessions. Calls last up to 30 minutes and lines are open Tuesdays 8pm-11pm and Sundays 11am-2pm. Our Mindline will remain open throughout the Christmas period.  

Call 0300 3305464.

SWEDA xmas Mindline


Mindline is the first door into Open Mental Health, the community mental health services. If you’re struggling over the festive period, you can call Mindline and access support at any time. The lines are open 24/7 and the team are ready to help you.

Call 0800 138 1692 or 01823 276 892.

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Crisis Safe Space 

Crisis Safe Space is a new Open Mental Health out-of-hours support service for anyone facing a struggle with their mental health. You can visit the offices in Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Yeovil or Wells and a supportive member of staff will be willing to listen to you and help you work through your problems.

Enhanced Bereavement Support

If you are experiencing bereavement, Christmas may be a particularly difficult time for you. Somerset offers the Enhanced Bereavement Support service to enable you to discuss your experiences and access support.


CALM’s helpline and webchat is open every day from 5pm-midnight and the team can help you cope with your winter blues. Christmas is a challenging time for many people and CALM is ready to support anyone who is lonely, anxious or depressed.


Self-help and Family Support Services

Action for Happiness

Take a positive and practical approach to improving your wellbeing with Action for Happiness. Though genes and circumstances can impact on wellbeing, there are lots of things you can do to boost your mood.

Find out more about Action for Happiness and access some useful advice that can encourage you to live a happier life.

Somerset Wellbeing 

Providing support for young people and their parents, the Somerset Wellbeing’s Winter Wellness bulletin provides a list of different services available to families over the Christmas period.

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters offers lots of different support and advice to ensure you and your family can enjoy good mental wellbeing. Find self-care advice for young people, learn how best to care for a child’s mental health and ensure you know how to approach wellbeing during the pandemic.

Get Outside in Somerset 

Get Outside in Somerset aims to get people outside and moving. Exercise and fresh air can provide a real boost to mental wellbeing and Get Outside in Somerset has provided tips, advice and guidance to help you get involved in a way that works best for you.

Turn that winter walk into a photograph opportunity and send an entry in to us for our Instagram Somerset Winter Landscape Photography Competition.

Somerset Recovery College

The Somerset Recovery College offers free courses to help people build life skills that help them lead more fulfilling lives. Skills can be applied to many areas of life and the courses are of particular benefit to people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, as well as their families, friends and the professionals that support them.


Find out more about the NHS App and download support that can be easily accessed from your smartphone.


Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Support

Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service

If you have lost a loved one to suicide and find the festive period hard, you can access the Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service and talk to someone. 

Somerset Suicide Prevention Partnership Group

The Somerset Suicide Prevention Partnership Group brings together over twenty different organisations from the statutory and voluntary sector. Suicide can affect anybody and has impacted on the lives of many people in our community. The Group aims to raise awareness of suicide and enable open communication on the subject, ultimately preventing suicide and ensuring people access the support they need.


R;pple aims to minimise the risks of the internet and harness its potential benefits. R;pple has introduced a new national suicide prevention internet safety tool which can easily be installed on your computer.

“Whenever I have contacted SWEDA, I have always received a very quick response, and have felt completely safe to ask for help when I have needed it. There have been periods of time when I have not needed a lot of contact, and times when I have asked for frequent contact. Talking to the same person over a long period of time has meant I have had a consistent place to go for support, and this has been invaluable."

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