Supporting mental health during the holidays

The holidays should be a fun joyful time shared with family and friends but for many it can be a very challenging time.

  • Dec. 23, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

The holidays should be a fun joyful time shared with family and friends but for many it can be a very challenging time that can affect stress and depression.

Adults struggling with depression or anxiety can feel overwhelmed during the holidays with buying gifts, family gatherings and trying to make the season special for their children.

Even for children, the break from school, the anxiety about Santa, staying up late and all of the holiday excitement can add to feelings of anxiety and even sadness.

But there are a variety of mental health and substance use services available according to B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Adults can visit: http:www.heretohelp.bc.ca

Children can visit the following helpline where they can also be referred to local community and social service agencies if they need assistance. Call: 1 800 668-6868.

In Fort St. James, call Northern Health at: 250 996-8411.