We don’t wish to alarm you…. But Christmas is not far away! Although traditionally a time for happiness celebration, for some Christmas can be a time of great stress and sadness – particularly those who may be facing their first Christmas following separation or divorce. The Christmas period is usually a time where families come together, so the prospect of facing the festive season as a newly separated person and possibly not spending the day with children brings with it loneliness and a sense of loss.
It goes without saying that mental illness can put a lot of strain on a relationship. A diagnosis of mental illness may bring challenges and uncertainty and you might find that the dynamics and nature of your relationship with your partner changes. Alongside concerns for your partner’s wellbeing, you may also experience a sense of loss for the relationship you had.