2022 was the first year we spent mostly without coronavirus restrictions, but it sadly brought its own issues, namely the energy crisis and cost-of-living crisis.
While 2022 Christmas is set to be better than its 2021 counterpart, this year saw its own range of challenges. While the coronavirus pandemic winded down, with restrictions almost a distant memory, inflation and the energy crisis have set difficult parameters for this festive season. The hospitality sector is once again struggling to cope, under different circumstances this time, and many are choosing between heating and eating.
All of this can take its toll and it's important to know that if you are struggling, there is plenty of help out there. Whether you've lost your job, are confined to a difficult domestic situation or are finding it hard to cope with loneliness, help is never more than a phone call away.
While the relentless stream of bad news can be exhausting, there are some helpful phone lines out there that are able to listen. Find a list of the different resources available below.
Text about it: Text HELLO to 50808
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 77 8888
Childline: 1800 666 666
Women's Aid: 1800 341 900
Aware: 1800 804 848
Age Action: 1890 369369
Men's Aid: 01 5543811
Alcoholics Anonymous: 01 8420700
As well as the, the HSE's YourMentalHealth helpline will put you in touch with someone who will tell you about all of the mental health supports available to you. You can call it on 1800 111 888.
In the meantime, if you find that the news is a bit too much, it's important to switch off every now and then. As well as that, check in with those close to you and mind yourself. Support is out there. If you are isolating, schedule a FaceTime in with loved ones, even if you're not feeling up to it. It is important to remember you are not alone, and there are people who love you. While Christmas will be particularly difficult for many this year, it will pass, and things will get better again.
If there are any numbers that you find useful that we may have missed, be sure to let us know.
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