Axia Christmas Closing Times 2023


Our office will close
at 4.45pm on Friday 22nd December 2023
and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2023

In the meantime, you can catch up on any posts you may have missed from our Facebook groups here and here, and you can catch up with the Anime Amigos vlogs here.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support throughout 2023, and we look forward to seeing some more of you at our Post Diagnostic Support Groups in the new year.

While some people look forward to and enjoy the festive season, other people find it a trickier time that presents some challenges. For some people, there will be lots of change, social interaction, expectations and demands to negotiate as well as sensory considerations to manage.

Here are a few useful links, including some useful overviews from the National Autistic Society:

For some people, Christmas can be an especially difficult time when they feel very low: www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2015/dec/16/austistic-christmas-festive-social-expectations

If you need help this Christmas, there are a number of organisations that can provide support:

  • The Samaritans are available round the clock every single day of the year, even Christmas day. They can be contacted on (0114) 2767277 or 116 123, or you can email jo@samaritans.org.
  • PAPYRUS HOPEline is a charity for the prevention of young suicide. Their helpline telephone number is 0800 068 4141 and is open from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and 2pm to 10pm at weekends. They are available from 2pm – 10pm on bank holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day).
  • The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. Online webchat is available via www.thecalmzone.net. Their telephone helpline (0800 58 58 58) is open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year.
  • The Hub of Hope (www.hubofhope.co.uk) can be downloaded as an app, as well as having a website. It can help you find services that are nearby.
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Evie Connor
 
Data Analyst & Learning and Development Manager

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