Support over Christmas for young people

Christmas can be a stressful time for young people who are affected by someone else’s alcohol or other drug use.

If someone in your home is drinking heavily or using drugs, it’s usually best to try to stay out of their way if you can. Do you have a friend or relative you can stay with until things at home are a bit more calm? If not, try to stay in your room rather than reason with the person who is under the influence.

If you feel unsafe at any point call 999.

For any support, you can also contact Childline online or by phone any time of the day: 0800 1111.

If you are over the age of 16, you can also chat to us here on 08080 10 10 11, or the webchat (right-hand corner of our site) and we will do our best to support you.

Helpful Websites:

  • AyeMind – full of activities to support your wellbeing
  • HandsonScotland – resources and information to support your wellbeing
  • Healthy Young Minds – resources and information to support you
  • The Mix – support and advice for people under 25 relating to any issues such as mental health, housing, alcohol and drugs and much more

Helpful Apps

  • Calm – meditation (available on Android and IOS)
  • Calm Harm – helps to resist or manage the urge to self-harm (available on Android and IOS)
  • Headspace – meditation and sleep app (available on Android and IOS)
  • Mindshift – anxiety tools based on CBT to help relax and be mindful (available on Android and IOS)
  • Safespot – access to coping strategies and resources in order to help keep young people safe (available on Android and IOS)
  • Smiling Mind – anxiety (available on Android and IOS)

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