Health Visitor Reaches Out to Help Families in Need at this Time of the Year

12th December 2022
Health Visitor Natasha Higgins with Bangor Foodbank & Community Support Team Lead Ken Scott

With Christmas approaching, many people are getting into the festive spirit, ready to enjoy time with their family. However, for some, Christmas can be the most difficult time of the year. As the cost of living continues to rise, Health Visitor, Natasha Higgins wants to remind everyone that there are resources out there to help.

Natasha explains, “At this time of year, there is this struggle to have the ‘perfect’ family Christmas. Trying to live up to those expectations is really difficult. People are putting a lot of pressure on themselves to be this perfect happy family when in reality, some families are experiencing stresses and struggles.”

Natasha stresses that Food Banks are open to everyone in need at any point of the year. As a Health Visitor, Natasha has regular contact with the Bangor Food Bank and Community Support Centre, signposting her clients who are struggling as well as collecting food packages. A lot of the time, stigma prevents those eligible from seeking help from Food Banks. Natasha is encouraging people to look past the stereotypes as she describes Food Banks as a “warm and welcoming place.”

The winter months mixed with financial pressures can also negatively contribute towards a person’s Mental Health. Natasha is encouraging people to check in with their family and friends this Christmas, as it can be the loneliest time of the year for anyone battling with their mental health. There are also many resources that can help. Advice is available from your Heath Visitor, GP, online resources and from the organisations below:

LifeLine: 0808 808 8000

Samaritans: 116 123

Citizens Advice:  0800 138 8287