16 December

If you are lonely this Christmas, there are a number of national and local organisations that can help. The Samaritans are running their free-of-charge helpline, which can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90, and can be called on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Mind also have a number of points of information, which can be found here.
There’s also the Campaign To End Loneliness, and the Jo Cox Loneliness Foundation. 

For those looking for more informal sources of support this Christmas and who have a Twitter account, the hashtag #joinin on Twitter, started by the comedienne Sarah Millican is full of people on Christmas Day sharing their stories and days together.

Watch my video on the importance of combatting loneliness here: