Ben launches Christmas campaign

With Christmas just around the corner, Ben is running a new campaign to support individuals to cope with anxiety during the festive season.

It may be ‘the season to be jolly’ for many but, for those suffering with mental health challenges like anxiety and depression, Christmas can intensify their symptoms and issues. Around one in 10 feel unable to cope at Christmas, rising to a third of people with a mental health problem (31%), according to Mind.

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues people experience and, over the past 12 months, anxiety and depression have continued to be the top reasons why people contact Ben’s helpline. Anxiety and depression are also the most commonly searched and most read blog topics on Ben’s website, achieving thousands of unique visitors in the past year.

A big part of the festive season is socialising, parties and sometimes being with people we wouldn’t normally spend so much time with. For those with anxiety, socialising can be difficult. Social Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders and estimates of lifetime prevalence have been as high as 12%, compared with around six per cent for generalised anxiety disorder.