Make your Mental Health a Priority this Holiday Season

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Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is Here to Offer Support for the Holidays

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Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress, anxiety, and depression along with a long list of obligations — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, and entertaining, to name just a few. The added stress, in addition to financial commitments, physical and mental health issues, and relationship conflicts that some of us face can be exhausting and debilitating. For some of us, getting into the “holiday spirit” seems nearly impossible. Despite the demands of the season, the staff at Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is here to help. If you need someone to talk to, need a referral, or are looking for support we are here for you. Our services are designed to empower individuals in their recovery from the challenges of mental illness and addictions, with locations in both Jamestown and Dunkirk. We offer both walk-in services and evaluations by appointment. All contacts and information are confidential, and all of our practitioners are credentialed.
The Dunkirk Office of Behavioral Health is located at 319 Central Ave. in Dunkirk, phone: 716-363-3550.
Both clinics are open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would. Here are some tips compiled by Misty Pennington, LMSW, Program Coordinator at the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene adapted from the Mayo Clinic and Psychcentral.com to help you to prevent holiday stress:

  1. Realize that some things are out of your control.
  2. Acknowledge your feelings.
  3. Reach out.
  4. Be realistic.
  5. Try not to compare.
  6. Set aside differences.
  7. Stick to a budget.
  8. Plan ahead.
  9. Take care of yourself.
  10. Seek professional help if you need it.

If your feelings are too much to overcome by yourself or if you feel like a friend or a loved one is experiencing a difficult time and needs immediate help, the Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline Number is available at 1-800-724-0461. Always, if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, dial 911.
Have a very happy holiday from everyone at the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene!