Mental health over the Holidays

East London NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and community services in the London boroughs of Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and the City of London, as well as in Luton, Bedfordshire, Richmond and Barnet.

With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, the holidays can bring stress and loneliness for many people. Whilst most are enjoying the festivities of the season, it can be a difficult time for others. The Trust is reminding people of the importance of looking after their mental health over the holiday period.

ELFT Medical Director, Dr Kevin Cleary said,

“The holidays are traditionally a time of joy and celebration; but for those dealing with mental health or addictions, it can be a particularly tough time. Loneliness and isolation can affect mental wellbeing over the holidays so it is important to be aware of the signs. There are a number of local and national helplines, health professionals and other support services which can help you during this time.”


Although this is a difficult time for many, there is always someone to call for help. It is important that individuals look after their mental health and those of their friends, families and neighbours during this critical holiday season.   

How can I get help in Newham?

Newham Talking Therapies 

In Newham, the Trust provides a range of talking therapies, support and interventions. It is a free and confidential service that offers quick and easy access to help and support.

Talking Therapies can help you to learn ways to manage the way you think about things, to improve your mood, your approach to challenging issues, to make changes that you want to make and to feel more positive about your life.

 You can ask your doctor to refer you to the service or contact them directly by telephone or website:

Newham Talking Therapies

Vicarage Lane Health Centre

10 Vicarage Lane


London E15 4ES

Telephone: 020 8536 2161 


Getting help out of hours

If you are in distress and you need to contact a health professional out of office hours, you can call the number 020 8709 5555


Getting help in an emergency

For urgent medical help or advice call 111, in the event on an emergency call 999 or attend the Department of Psychological Medicine based in the A&E department at Newham University Hospital.


National Helplines

For confidential support and advice, there are confidential helplines that are available 24hr a day, 7 days a week.

Lifeline: 0808 808 8000 /

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90


For more information, visit the Trust's website. 

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