The Christmas season and the New Year just around the corner might be a time of joy and happiness for many Missourians, but for some this is a time of tremendous stress.
The Missouri Department of Mental Health is urging families, friends, and co-workers to support each other during the holiday period. The Department’s Bob Bax says the demands of the season often add to stress that already exists in the lives of many Missourians.
Bax says that while the natural support systems like families and friends can work for those dealing with holiday-related stress, there are resources available for people who might be at greater risk and in need of serious help. The Suicide Prevention Hotline, for instance, is manned 24 hours a day at 800-273-TALK.