Christmas Mental Health Resources
Worried mixed race woman at home on christmas holiday

The Maya Centre will be closed during the festive period and reopen on 3 January 2024; here are some organisations and services that can support you while we’re away.

18 December 2024

Our Archway headquarters will be closed during the festive period, reopening on 3 January 2024. We understand that many women will still require mental health support during this critical time, and we’re here to highlight various resources to help you get through this season.

Online resources at The Maya Centre

We have a wealth of online resources via our blog for women struggling with various mental health issues and traumas, such as navigating lonelinessunderstanding rape culture and managing stress. You can also check out our InstagramTwitterLinkedIn and Facebook for more mental health information. 

The Mind Crisis Café

Islington Mind will be running a support service during the holiday period through the Mind Crisis Café, which you can find at 48 Despard Road, N19 5NW, London. Designed to support Islington Residents who are at risk of crisis through the following services and activities:

  • Social inclusion group: a space for individuals to connect with others and foster a sense of belonging within the community.
  • Therapeutic activities: activities designed to promote emotional wellbeing and a sense of purpose.
  • Emotional support: trained support workers and trainee therapists are available on-site every day to provide empathetic and confidential support to those in crisis.
  • Crisis support: the crisis cafe is specifically equipped to offer immediate support to individuals in crisis, ensuring that they receive the care and assistance they need.

The festive season can be challenging for many. The availability of these services can make a significant difference in the lives of many. Please do not hesitate to use these resources if you feel they will help. 

The Toy Project

Based in Archway, The Toy Project donates free new and used toys to children and organisations in need. The service is available throughout the year, with Christmas being a peak time. This is a perfect solution for those financially struggling or vulnerable in other ways. 

Referral forms are available here. Please reach out to or call 0207 503 9590 for more information. 

Other community services

Islington Food Partnership has devised a comprehensive list of local food services, emergency support, affordable food, warm spaces, food growing initiatives and events to take part in over the festive period. Please review if you are in need of this type of support.

Emergency services

If you find yourself in an immediate crisis, please do not hesitate to contact:

The Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can also visit some Samaritans branches in person. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

The NHS urgent mental health helpline. Type in your postcode here and find the right one for you.

The emergency police, ambulance or fire services via 999.

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to reconnecting in 2024!