Mental health challenges increase during the holidays

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - The holidays are usually a joyful time spent with loved ones, but for some, the holiday blues may be settling in. Medical experts say this time of year people begin to struggle with their mental health due to the holidays.

The National Alliance of Mental Illness says 64 percent of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse.

The organization says high expectations, loneliness, and stress can lead to the holiday blues.

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network says educating the public is the best way to prevent negative impacts on your mental health during the holidays.

“It will take the entire community coming together to help people who are struggling with thoughts. We know statistically most people are not going to be going to counselors, therapists, and suicide prevention experts to talk about these things. They will be going to friends, family members, clergy, and mentors.’ People who they are close to. So, what we want to do as a network is equip people in the community to know how to have these conversations,” said Lindsey Carr, Southwest Tennessee Regional Director with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.

The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department gives the public some tips to combat the holiday blues.

“Doing little things like trying to keep your mind off of it, going out, being physically active, and trying to live a healthier lifestyle can help with the depression and not sinking back into a more depressive state,” said Amanda Johnson, a Public Health Educator with the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Dept.

If you would more information about seasonal depression or other mental health topics you are urged to contact the regional health department.

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