Our Keeping Well BLMK service is are here to provide wellbeing and psychological support to key workers including NHS staff, staff providing care to others in the community and in residential homes and voluntary sector organisations in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) area.

Staff will be continue to be able to contact the Keeping Well BLMK staff support hub as usual (Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday 9am to 5pm) (Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am to 8pm) including the live chat, request to call back, and use the self-referral form) during the festive period.

We are closed on 24 December (Christmas Eve), 25 December (Christmas Day), 26 December (Boxing Day/Bank Holiday), 27 December (Bank Holiday). Please call the Samaritans on 116 123 for urgent free support if you need it, or visit our urgent help page.

You can talk to us
Out of hours support and crisis lines

There are a number of support lines set up to provide rapid access to assessment and support services.

  • Samaritans (24 hours, confidentially): 116 123 They have a dedicated number for healthcare staff 0800 069 6222 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you can text FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.
  • Saneline (6pm to 11pm): 0845 767 8000

In an emergency call 999 or visit A&E. Contact your GP by phone if you need immediate help. Outside of surgery hours you can call NHS Director for more guidance on 111.

Looking after yourself during the festive season

The festive season can be a time of joy and spending time with loved ones but it can also be a stressful and lonely period.

During this time it is important to try to remember to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Take a look at our winter pressures resources page for some advice and tips to follow.

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