Not so Merry and Bright this Christmas
I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe this Holiday Season.
I know that not everyone is full of Holiday Spirit and that the holidays can bring up past traumas and create new ones, and want you to know you are never alone. It’s ok to be sad, not everyone has the same Christmas. Not everyone has good Christmas memories. It’s ok to not be ok.
A lot of people are at their breaking point so please check in with those you care about and make sure they’re ok. Be kind, offer help, a meal, anything. You never really know just how much that can mean to someone who’s at their wits end.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate help, please know there are organizations in America that can help you.
Emergency Medical Services—dial 911
If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat(link is external)
If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(link is external). Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.
National Association of Mental Illness
Call the NAMI HelpLine at 800-950-6264 or chat with us M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., ET.
In a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free crisis counseling.
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)
Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.