November 2015 – Nelson House, Manitoba
The holiday season is filled with celebrations, gatherings and cheer. But for some people, this time of the year can be bring on anxiety, loneliness, feelings of depression and sometimesthoughts of suicide.
Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety of the holiday season – especially during the months of November, December and into January may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment. The most common stressors were feelings of loneliness and “being without a family.”
Christmas time and the New Year months are a season when people have a very difficult time as they are feeling sorry for themselves or may have low self-esteem. Many feel sad or depressed
because they can’t afford to buy presents for family members or are dealing with loss, sickness or trauma.
Contrary to popular belief, December actually has the fewest suicide attempts of any month of the year. While it’s true that suicide attempts tend to drop off just before and during the
holidays, there is a significant increase in suicide rates following Christmas – a 40 percent uptick, according to studies.
One of the best things a person can do, however, is to reach out to others despite how difficult it may seem. It is important to know that there are families and friends that care and many
people that want to help each other.