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Holiday season is approaching us, for some that can mean a time of happiness, traditions, gathering, and feelings of connectedness, for others holidays can create mixed emotions and feelings of grief, loss, loneliness or isolation may emerge. No matter if you are in the middle of a family gathering or at home alone, the hurt that can be produced during the holidays can be painful.
Although you may have friends and family to reachout to, sometimes it may be best to speak with a person you aren’t as familiar with who may have experienced something similar, or even someone you don’t know at all. Below are some resources for extra support during this time of year. These resources are ones that can be throughout the year as well.
Warm lines are phone numbers that are peer lead by individuals who are in recovery for mental health. You can call a warm line when you need someone to just listen and lend a friendly shoulder. You do not have to be in a certain program or enrolled in a support group to call. The person at the other end of the line has a shared experience with you and they will offer their compassion and understanding to help you find hope during your trialing time. Warmline is not recommended for those in crisis, but more so if you are needing friendly support and an ear to hear you.
Click here to find out how to contact warmlines near you.
Mental Health America (MHA) On Inspire:
MHA Inspire is a 24/7 online encouragement service that offers community support for people who have similar interests. MHA team members mediate the support communities to make sure they are mental health focused.
Click here to find out how you can join a community.
If you are looking for support in an app, the Reachout App might be a good option for you. The Reachout App is another peer support tool that can be used to connect with others who are working through mental health and other types of chronic conditions. The app was created to help to enhance the quality of life of those with chronic conditions by offering self-help tools.
Click here if you want to know more about the Reachout App.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
“The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.” Call 1-800-273-8255 to talk to a trained listener. For more information visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL):
IF you or a loved one are in crisis, want to harm self or others, GCAL is a great 24/7 resource for Georgia residents. GCAL can, “provide telephonic crisis intervention services, dispatch mobile crisis teams, assist individuals in finding an open crisis or detox bed in Georgia, and link individuals with urgent appointment services”. GCAL can also help you find state funded providers in your area for non-emergency needs.
To access GCAL call 1-800-715-4225 or visit the GCAL website by clicking here.
The above resources are just a few tools that can be utilized through this holiday season to help you connect and feel heard with those who have been there or provide you with the support you need. It is also encouraged to talk to loved ones if possible. However, if you are in an emergency situation, please call 911 or a crisis line immediately.
Holidays can be tough. Our team of therapists are ready to support you through this time. If you have questions on this topic or if you’d like to reach out to one of our therapists or schedule an appointment, please call us at (404) 419-6221 or email us at email@example.com.
We hope you will find the peace, contentment, and prosperity you deserve.
Amber Amick, APC, NCC, Professional School Counselor, is a practicing Sage Center Atlanta clinician and school counselor in the Metro Atlanta area. Amber serves as the Director of Marketing and PR for Sage Center Atlanta.