It is often repeated that suicide rates are higher during the holidays. But that is actually a myth that isn't true.
As this source says, "the holiday suicide myth may detract attention from the real needs of people who might consider suicide at any time of year."
Plus, I think it may obscure the importance of taking care of one's mental health in less extreme circumstances.
So, Jessica and I perused the internet to find resources that can help prepare for potential holiday stresses. We found the following links to share:
- Mental health ministries: includes information about faith communities and awareness of mental health issues during holidays, including a free downloadable brochure; also just a good faith based resource.
- Severe mental illness and traveling for the holidays
- A variety of articles from American Psych. Association:
- How to make holiday less stressful, more happy
- Appropriate alcohol consumption during holiday
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Helping Children cope with holiday stress
From all of us at Erasing the Distance, we wish you a safe & healthy holiday season.