Media release: Charity’s Edinburgh guide to surviving Christmas makes the festive period less challenging

SCOTTISH charity, Health in Mind, has published a new edition of its successful booklet Surviving the Holiday and New Year’.

The booklet offers tips and information to support anyone who finds the festive period challenging and it has been made possible by funding from Edinburgh Cheers and the GameChanger Public Social Partnership.

Linda Irvine is strategic programme manager of Mental Health and Wellbeing for NHS Lothian, the strategic lead for GameChanger Public Social Partnership.

She explained how it can seem that everyone around us is having a great time at Christmas and New Year, but it can be a really hard time for many people.

Linda continued: “There is extra stress around this time of year such as worrying about money, seeing family, heating the house or out where there is a lot of drinking.

“The booklet contains a wealth of information on how to keep well; what’s open on Christmas Day, emergency contacts for different organisation that can help support mental health; listening services; housing; advocacy; money issues; foodbanks; free and low cost food; health and wellbeing; support for carers; support with addictions; keeping safe and emergency contacts.

“The booklet also highlights how on Christmas Day, as part of the Edinburgh Cheers campaign, Tynecastle Park and Easter Road football stadiums are opening their doors and inviting people who don’t want to be on their own to come together, enjoy some good food and Christmas cheer.”

The booklets will be given out by Edinburgh Cheer volunteers to supporters at both teams’ football matches this weekend.

The booklets can be downloaded from the Health in Mind website: or from Health in Mind Information at 40 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RT and the Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian Football Club shops and ticket offices.

The publications are based on leaflets originally produced by the FAST group in West Dumbarton and the Fife Adult Protection Committee.


For further information contact Doreen Graham, Health in Mind communications manager on 075 9000 9953.

Notes for editors:

Health in Mind is a Scottish charity with 35 years’ experience delivering specialist mental health and wellbeing services including support services; talking therapies; information and a range of self-management and preventative services.

Last year, our 110 staff and 150 volunteers supported over 3,000 people and we are accredited with both Investors in People and Investors in Volunteers.

Our services include Guided Self Help (cognitive behavioural therapy), counselling and trauma counselling, information, befriending, suicide and substance misuse prevention.

Health in Mind training courses are all about developing knowledge, skills, confidence and understanding about mental health and other areas of interest. Our training programme offers over 22 courses which can be tailored and delivered in-house to companies and organisations.

GameChanger is the public social partnership involving Hibernian Football Club, Hibernian Community Foundation, and NHS Lothian. As well as the three founding partners, there are almost 100 private, public and Third Sector organisations and individuals who have signed up as interested parties.

The Edinburgh Cheers campaign has been designed to make Edinburgh the city of kindness this Christmas. The campaign is supported by the Edinburgh Evening News and Heart of Midlothian Football Club through its Big Hearts Foundation and HNS Lothian thorugh their innovative GameChanger Public Social Partnership.

The city’s public, private and third sectors will come together to back the campaign with the aim of making Edinburgh a more caring and compassionate city.

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Contact: Doreen Graham
Phone: 07590009953