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Information and help


The Cruse Bereavement Care helpline will be open over Christmas to help anyone who has had a bereavement and needs emotional support. See their website for more information on Christmas and New Year helpline opening hours and tips for coping at Christmas.


If you are worried about debt, see our Debt information page for details of debt advice services that can advise you further.

Domestic abuse/violence


Victim Support Supportline - 08 16 89 111

For women

National Domestic Violence Hotline - 0808 2000 247 (freephone)


Children under 18 - Childline - 0800 11110 (freephone)

NSPCC Helpline for adults worried about a child - email
0808 800 5000 (freephone)

Men and boys


Survivors UK

England, Wales and Scotland

Men's Advice Line (Monday – Friday 9.00 am-5.00 pm on freephone 0808 801 0327 or email:

Northern Ireland

Men's Advisory Project (9.00 - 5.00 pm Monday to Friday) Belfast: 028 9024 1929
Foyle: 028 7116 0001

Emergency help including food banks

Your local council will be able to advise you further on local sources of emergency help including foodbanks. Although the offices may be closed, there should be someone on duty to give you information about the services that are available in your area over Christmas and New Year and how to access them

The Turn2us Emergency Assistance guide provides information on what may be available generally in an emergency in terms of benefits, foodbanks and other sources of help.  

Housing and homelessness

The following organisations can advise further on housing and homelessness issues:



Check the website for the country you live in to check when the Shelter helpline will be open over Christmas.

Northern Ireland

Mental health

If you or someone close to you is experiencing mental health problems over Christmas, the national mental health charity Mind has information on its website about Crisis Services and information about Support at Christmas

Mind helplines will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day but open as usual at other times as usual.

Samaritans is a charity that offers anyone who is who needs a safe place to talk to someone about whatever’s getting to them. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Contact them on freephone 116 123 (UK and Republic of Ireland) or email:

If you need a response immediately, it's best to call them on the phone. This number is FREE to call.

Read how Samaritans works and what to expect when you contact them

The Blurt Foundation has information on Self Care at Festive Times