christmas 2014 Peace Centre

Are you ready to deal with the Christmas holiday period?

December 23, 2014 | Nick Taylor

Christmas can be a very difficult time for many reasons.  Some of the people the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace works with have faced considerable trauma.  For them, Christmas does not reflect the chocolate box image of happy families that we see on our television screens for weeks in the run up to the December event.

Are you ready to deal with the holiday period?


Things to think about to help yourself over Christmas

Spend some time thinking about how to care for yourself over the Christmas period, plan ahead, maybe create some routines for yourself, such as planning to make some time to read, listen to music or watch a movie.

Do it your way, often we feel pressure to fit in with everyone else at Christmas. There is not right or wrong way to spend your time over this period. Think of the things you enjoy and make them your priority as much as possible.

NHS 111 service

Knowing that you can get medical support and help is important.  Call 111 when it’s less urgent than 999

You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next

For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.

If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.

For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999.

Have you got all the medication you need to cover the holiday period? The NHS website has helpful information such as local pharmacist opening times and out of hours services.

Plan who you may call if you want to talk to someone. It may be a friend or family member or it may be someone like the Samaritans – you can call them on 08457 90 90 90

Make a plan to treat yourself when Christmas is over.

The Peace Centre is closed to the public from 17:00 23rd December to 08:00 2nd January and we do not operate 24/7 response services  – but we will be back in the New Year ready to provide whatever assistance we can.

In the meantime, all of us at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and that you will find peace.

We share you with the words of Brian Bethell, a talented wordsmith who contributes to our newsletters and is often found on Facebook, sharing his words of wisdom, thoughts on life and his regular witticisms!

He has written a Christmas themed poem for us:

A spiritualist once said to me
That around the foot of my Christmas tree
Would sit the spirits of earthly children.
Unseen souls among the gifts
Had come to visit me.
Oh, what delight that on the night
Of the Christ Child’s birth
Phantom children unannounced would call.
And children whoever they may be
Could not resist a poke or a prod
As the baubles bright swing in unfelt breeze, so;
Watch, and welcome the souls sent from God.

Brian Bethell