PEOPLE in Craven are being reminded that support for their wellbeing is available in the district during the Christmas period.

One in four people will struggle with their emotional wellbeing during their lifetime, and the holiday season is traditionally a difficult time for many.

The colder weather and shorter days of winter can also have a significant impact on our emotional health with some people experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that is related to the changing seasons.

Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies, which has helped thousands of people with common mental health conditions across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven offers a range of support for mental wellbeing to suit individual needs, including phone advice or one-to-one courses at a range of locations available across the district. The website also offers a range of free guides and tools to help people better manage life’s ups and downs.

The service is open to anyone over the age of 16 who is registered with a GP in the district. People do not have to go through their GP to access support, and can register online at:

Naomi Holdsworth, operations service manager at Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies said: “Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, it’s a time of year that can be challenging for many of us and can often put extra pressure on us and affect our mental health.

"People can often find themselves struggling with feelings of loneliness, concerns about family relationships or have money worries, compounded by the cost-of-living crisis. Whatever you may be feeling you’re never alone. If you, or somebody you know, are struggling to cope, we have a range of support to help and tips to help look after your mental health over Christmas.”

For information on all mental health and wellbeing support services in Bradford and Craven and self-help resources and apps, visit