Help is just a phone-call away if you’re feeling down during the holidays

Dec 20 2018, 7:54 pm

The holidays are not always the happiest time for everyone.

Family issues, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse creep up during this time of year but there is a way to get the support you need.

Fraser Health’s crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help those who are experiencing mental health, substance abuse challenges, personal and family relationship conflicts, and loneliness over the holiday season.

Trained volunteers will be on the line to offer support and advice. According to Fraser Health, the crisis line “usually sees an increase in calls related to anxiety or depression.”

“During the holidays, we usually see an uptick in calls related to depression or anxiety, often associated with an increase in isolation. We also have people who are worried about being able to afford gifts for their kids, or wonder how they’re going to survive their first Christmas without their loved one,” said Dr. Anson Koo, program medical director of mental health and substance use at Fraser Health, in a release.

“For some people, these stressors can intensify an existing mental health or substance use concern during a particularly difficult time of year, which is why we encourage any person feeling overwhelmed to call the crisis line if they need support.”

You can reach the 24/7 crisis line by calling 604-951-8855 or toll-free at 1-877-820–7444.

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