If it feels like keeping your head on straight this time of year, or for the duration of 2020, is a real challenge, you aren't alone. For some, those strong emotions can overpower them and can lead to more serious issues like self-harm.
Forest View Hospital wants to help those who are dealing with serious conditions and are offering solutions on how to cope during the holiday season.
Individuals commonly struggle during the holidays and can experience loneliness, sadness, anxiety, or depression. 2020 Holidays will look even more different due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the requests by Michigan Healthcare professionals to not gather with others.
There are many ways to cope with negative emotions that the holidays can bring including connecting with family and friends through technology, writing holiday cards, and going for a walk.
If you're doing okay mentally, keep an eye on family, friends, and neighbors for signs that they might be struggling. Signs include isolating themselves and withdrawing, change in personality, making comments like “it’s not worth it” or “why bother” and expressing thoughts of self-harm.
Forest View Hospital has a hotline that's available 24/7, 365 days a year by calling 1-800-949-8439.
To learn more, visit forestviewhospital.com.