From the team at Thomas Lyte: The Importance of Mental Health Support in Winter
As we delve into winter, a time often associated with joy and festivity, it’s crucial to acknowledge that it can also be a period of increased stress and isolation for many, for various reasons. The work of mental health and suicide prevention charities are especially vital during these months. It is for charities like these that the Baton of Hope fights to make their voices heard. Mental health support becomes more important than ever as the shorter days and holiday pressures can exacerbate feelings of loneliness and anxiety.
During the winter months, if you find yourself in crisis and experiencing suicidal thoughts in the UK, remember that support is readily available and you are not alone. One such source of support is Samaritans (samaritans.org), a dedicated charity, that provides understanding and confidential support for those grappling with complex and distressing thoughts. They emphasise the importance of talking about your feelings, recognising suicidal signs, and offer various ways to reach out, including phone calls, emails, branch visits, and a self-help app. Their service is available 24/7 at 116 123 and is free and confidential. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength and charities like Samaritans are there to support you through challenging times.
At Thomas Lyte, we understand the power of unity and support in these times. Our involvement with the Baton of Hope this year is more than a donation of time and resources; it’s a commitment to fostering a workplace culture where mental well-being is a top priority, but also to influencing the broader society through our actions and advocacy, ensuring that mental health support is accessible and prioritised.
As we reflect on the past year and look positively towards the future, standing with the Baton of Hope, we continue to aspire for a society that is not only aware but actively engaged in suicide prevention.
Let’s make 2024 a year of continued hope, support, and action.
For more information about how you can support the Baton of Hope initiative, visit batonofhopeuk.org.