‘It’s the time of year that most people dread, but a new year and new beginnings ahead.

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This is a difficult time for many people. A time when many people suffer more with depression and anxiety.

Our mental health columnist Hazel today writes about how a new year can bring new beginnings.

It’s the time of year that most people dread. The joys of Christmas are over. It’s new year and we can’t help but think of the past. We tend to dwell on the bad memories. It’s time we make a stand and make a change in our mind set.

How can we make a change?
I’m not going to say it’s easy because it’s not. But with the determination we have we will all get through it and hopefully have a better future.

I try to keep myself busy when my mind starts to think about the bad stuff. Either walk my dogs or pick up my ukulele and try to learn a new song.

For the past 10 years I have struggled with depression whilst searching for long lost family. But that’s been a focus for me.

Just after Christmas I tried to find them again and the determination was worth it as I found them. I now have so much to look forward to and so many people to get to know.

There is no reason in this day and age for people to be alone and so depressed that they can’t see a way out. It’s up to the rest of us to step up and make a change. Let’s look out for these people and help them to see that there is hope and there is a reason to get through the bad and find the good.

Let us stand by each other and help each other through the difficult times. Let others know that they aren’t alone, that together you can help each other. Reach out for help and help others help themselves.

Happy new year to you all.

If you feel desperate please call the Samaritans 01708 740000

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