Health and Social Services Department Public Health Department
Time to talk this Christmas
With the Christmas holiday now approaching, we wanted to take the opportunity to contact parents, guardians and carers with a reminder that support is available, if it is needed, over the Christmas period.
The period over Christmas and New Year is, of course, a time for everyone to celebrate but it can also be stressful both for parents and for young people.
Please make the time to keep up your conversations with the young people in your life and – if you think you need it – call on other services to help you. Young people need to keep talking to their friends and family and parents need to keep talking to each other, to their children and their friends and wider family. This kind of support can help young people to manage and bounce back from life’s challenges.
Young people are especially vulnerable to the effects of alcohol and drug use, including new psychoactive substances (NPS) or ‘so called’ legal highs. You have an important role to play in helping young people make informed decisions about drugs and alcohol and in reducing any potential harm. There is plenty of information available about these drugs and if you want practical advice please look at www.gov.je/parentsguidetodrugs which is based on latest best practice and can help you spot signs of drug use.
Information on emotional and mental health, ways of improving it and how to recognise possible problems is also available on http://www.gov.je/Health/Mental/SupportingYoungPeople/Pages/index.aspx and http://www.yes.je/health/emotional-health.aspx
A video clip about the importance of emotional health and wellbeing can be found on
If you do not have access to the internet please call 445786 to receive a copy in the post.
If you have immediate concerns about serious or acute mental health problems, contact your GP or the Emergency Department at the General Hospital (tel 442000 or 999 in an emergency).
Head of Health Improvement
Public Health, Health and Social Services Department