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Christmas Planning – Day 17

Mind finds one in ten feels unable to cope at Christmas

New research¹ from Mind has found that many people feel unable to cope at Christmas, particularly people currently experiencing a mental health problem. Key findings of the research include:

  • One in ten people feel unable to cope at Christmas (11%), rising to a third of people with a mental health problem (31%)
  • Over a quarter of people feel the pressure to have the ‘perfect Christmas’ (28%), increasing to half of those with a mental health problem (48%)
  • Mind is urging people to donate to their Christmas Appeal, so they can be there for everyone who needs them this Christmas.

Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity, has today revealed that one in ten people feel unable to cope at Christmas (11%). The research also found that one in six people feel lonelier at Christmas than any other time of the year (17%), with almost the same number feeling ‘alone in a crowd’ even if they have people around them (16%). Part of the problem appears to be overly high expectations, with more than a quarter of people feeling the pressure to have the ‘perfect Christmas’ (28%).

Although Christmas is challenging for many people, Mind’s research found that the festive period is significantly more difficult for people currently experiencing mental health problems. The number of people with mental health problems who feel unable to cope at Christmas is almost triple that of the wider population (31% vs 11%) and those feeling the pressure of the ‘perfect Christmas’ significantly higher than the population average (44% vs 28%). While one in six people feel lonelier at Christmas than any other time of the year (17%), this is more than double for those with a mental health problem (39%). The research also found that people with mental health problems are twice as likely as the national average to compare their Christmas to other people’s on social media, (19% vs 10%).

The impact of the pressures caused by Christmas is shocking, with one in twenty people considering taking their own life directly because of the festive period (5%), rising to more than one in five of those with mental health problems (22%).

Although it is clear that many need extra support at Christmas, not everyone feels they have someone to confide in for emotional support. Half of people with a mental health problem did not feel they had someone to confide in over the festive period if they needed to (58%). In addition to this, over one in ten people with a mental health problem don’t know where to get professional support over the festive period if they needed it (13%).

Mind is urging people to donate to their Christmas Appeal, so they can be there for everyone who needs them this Christmas. Visit mind.org.uk/ourchristmas for more information.

https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/mind-finds-one-in-ten-feels-unable-to-cope-at-christmas/

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