Christmas can be really great. But, let’s be honest, sometimes it can be pretty tough as well. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Twitter to launch #YuleSlog, a conversation that lifts the lid on the reality of the festive season.
Whether it’s feeling pressure to have that Perfect Christmas, navigating that packed social calendar, feeling lonely, or just pretending to like the naf socks your auntie bought you – Christmas isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year. So we’ve been asking some familiar faces and CALM supporters to share some words of wisdom about getting through Christmas.
Christmas can be wonderful but it can also be, well, a bit of a slog sometimes. So this December we’re asking you to use #YuleSlog to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of Christmas. Together we can show people there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect’ Christmas.
— CALM (@theCALMzone) December 4, 2019
Vicky McClure, star of Line Of Duty and This Is England, got things going…
The pressure to have an amazing Christmas, we all want it to go smoothly, it never does! So whatever you see on people’s social media this Christmas, that ‘perfection’ is never a true reflection 😉 xxx #YuleSlog @theCALMzone
— Vicky McClure (@Vicky_McClure) December 4, 2019
CALM ambassador and prolific Football Twitter maestro, Jonny Sharples, shared a powerful personal story about the loss of his brother, Simon.
Five years ago, four days before Christmas, my older brother took his own life. It still upsets me that for a brief moment, when we feel like we should be joyful, he felt alone.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) December 4, 2019
Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward stressed the importance of family and conversation in her #YuleSlog post.
Christmas can be a busy time but it’s important to remember what it’s really about – family. I want to encourage conversation around mental health pressures of Christmas, to show that it’s not always ‘Insta-perfect’. Giving someone your time is the best gift of all #YuleSlog
— dawn ward (@dawnward4) December 4, 2019
Meanwhile author, journalist and CALM ambassador Poorna Bell shared a moving insight into her Christmas…
This year, I turn the same age my husband was, when he took his own life. At Xmas, there will be presents and laughter, but always an empty space where our big man should have been. Today, @theCALMzone are launching their #YuleSlog campaign to help combat loneliness at Xmas.
— Poorna Bell (@poornabell) December 4, 2019
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