Many people with the chronic, neurological condition M.E. tell us they feel very lonely and isolated at this time of year, particularly those who live alone with no family or friends to share the festivities with.

A visit, phone call or simply a thoughtful card from a friend could make a positive difference – so if you know someone with M.E., let them know you are thinking of them this festive season.

If you have M.E. and you need information and support, call us on 0117 927 9551 (we’re here until 4pm on December 22, and re-open on January 3), or join one of our friendly online forums, open 24/7. You can also read advice from Rose, who has M.E., in her article on coping with Christmas alone at

Sonya Chowdhury

Chief Executive, Action for M.E.