National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Coping With Holiday Stress
While the holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, they can be particularly difficult for people living with mental illness as the season can amplify a range of emotions and stresses. Many people can find family gatherings, parties and other social events overwhelming while others feel deep sadness or loneliness during the holidays following the loss of a loved one, divorce or separation from family and friends.
NAMI’s depression survey, released in November, found that 40 percent of people living with depression have used prayer or spiritual practices to manage their illness and nearly 47 percent of those respondents report that prayer and spiritual practices have been extremely or quite a bit helpful.
Mental Health Ministries offers a brochure for coping with stress and mental illness during the holidays.