Self-Care During the Holidays

While the holiday season can be a joyous time, it can also be a time of heightened emotional stress and triggers for emotional challenges related to mental health, substance use and grief. Be sure to care for yourself these next few months; that may include reaching out for support and treatment.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “one in five adults experiences a mental health condition every year. One in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to the person directly experiencing a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.” Of the millions of adults in the United States with a substance abuse disorder, approximately half have a co-occurring mental illness.

If you are in need of support, a number of local and nationals resources are available to help you during the holiday season and throughout the year:

For additional resources and guidance, call Carroll Hospital’s Care Connect line at 410-871-7000.

Melissa Murdock, R.N., is a nurse health navigator at Carroll Hospital.

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