When you think of the holidays, what do you picture in your mind’s eye? Is it chestnuts roasting on an open fire while stockings sway gently overhead? Perhaps you picture laughing children as they snowball-fight or relatives embracing each other at the family party.
All of these happy images are common for many this time of year. However, for some, the holidays can be overwhelming as a result of the increasing darkness that comes with the season, the financial pressures of the holidays and many more stressors.
As a part of AY’s ongoing effort to shed light on matters of mental health, we will examine some of the common mental wellness issues facing Arkansans this time of year – grief, suicide and holiday-related stressors.
While the holidays are a joyful time, we urge our readers to think about those in hurting or overstressed during the holiday season. Reach out a hand to help or simply let them know that someone cares for them.
For more valuable information regarding mental health in Arkansas, visit our Mental Health Guide on Facebook and at aymag.com.
Read more of AY’s December mental health articles: