People of the world, I’ve been doing this for almost 17 years now. Writing about smartphones started as a mad hobby and has slowly taken over my life. I have the privilege of talking to you lovely lot though, and that does tend to keep me going :)
But time, wow. It goes so fast. My son was in nappies the last time I looked up from my phone, and now he’s off to high school next year. Where did all the time go?
And yes, every year I come here, I wish you a Merry Christmas and I tell you about all the great things we’ll be doing next year. This time it’s really no different, and we’ll also be closing the laptops, putting the phones down and actually spending some quality time with our families. Because, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over all these years, that’s the one thing you really can’t get back. Sure, they might drive you a bit bonkers, but spend a bit of time. Put the gadgets down. Eat, drink, be merry and have a laugh. Grab hold of it. With both hands…
At this point, I have to hand over the the BBC… there’s something in my eye…
However, for those spending Christmas alone or struggling with depression, bereavement or mental health; please get in touch with the following support organisations. They’re just a call or an on-line chat away. Christmas can be the hardest time, and don’t think that you’re the only one. Don’t think that everyone else is fine, because it just isn’t true. Don’t let pride stop you from getting in touch.
– NHS 111 – This line isn’t just for minor ailments. You can call and speak to someone if you don’t feel able to cope or just can’t control your situation. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety. Call them on 111 or click 111.nhs.uk on your smartphone to interact online. They’re always there, 24/7.
– The Samaritans – For a listening ear or just someone to talk to. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – all over the Christmas period. You can call them on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
– Age UK – Call on 0800 169 6565. They’re open 8AM to 7PM, every day of the year, delivering a lifeline for vulnerable older people.
– SANEline – A national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. They’re open all over the festive period from 4.30PM to 10.30PM on 0300 304 7000 and everything is completely confidential.
– Mind – Every two hours, someone in England and Wales will take their own life. You can call them on 0300 123 3393 or text 86463, however their lines are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years day,
Have a safe and happy Christmas all.