Dealing with Depression over the Holidays

Dealing with Depression at the HolidaysThe holidays are here and that means lots of holiday cheer and joy, right? Unfortunately, for most people, the holidays can be a source of stress.  For those suffering from depression, they can be a reminder of lost loved ones, financial hardships, or a negative past. While we all wish everyone a joyful holiday season, we encourage you to be sensitive that your employees, colleagues, friends, and family members might not have the warm holiday cheer in their spirit.

Maybe you or someone you know:

  • Lost a loved one and the heart is heavy during the holidays
  • Fell on hard financial times
  • Feels alone or has to be on the road or working this holiday
  • Associates the holiday with past abuse
  • Has a holiday gathering with family or friends that is stressful
  • Feels cold or hungry

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans. If you suspect that someone you know may be considering suicide, there ways you can help. The hotline numbers below are not only for those dealing with suicidal thoughts, but also for those who want to help others who are dealing with them. Sometimes it is simply listening, other times just showing you are concerned goes a long way. Either way, please call the numbers below if you need help.

Call 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-784-2433, or view this list of hotlines available by state.

We want you to know that you or your friend or family is NOT Alone. Please pass these messages along!


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