People’s lives are torn apart, both directly and indirectly, by mental illness.
The festive season is no different. It is estimated that over 23,000 people were in hospital during the festive season because of mental illnesses. It’s devastating that families had to spend special times without their loved ones.
Christmas and New Year should be a time for celebration, but sadly for the one in four people affected by mental illness, it can be a challenging time of year.
Watch Lilly’s story, and find out about her wish for her family at Christmas.
While other seven year olds wish for toys and magical experiences, Lilly’s Christmas wish truly shows the impact mental illnesses have on people and their loved ones.
Lilly’s wish was for her big brother to come home for Christmas. This was the third Christmas he spent in hospital due to anorexia.
At just seven, Lilly understands that her brother’s illness is not his fault and so wrote to Santa to ask if he could “make his head better”.
16 million people in the UK experience some form of mental illness, including 1.25 million who have eating disorders. Yet many have to wait for nearly 10 years before receiving the right treatment.
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