PHILADELPHIA – Starting today and throughout the holiday season, the city’s behavioral health department will be calling on Philadelphians to take a quick online pledge to “check in” on family and friends who are suffering from the holiday blues for reasons that range from losing a loved one to losing a job. Anyone can take the pledge, which encourages individuals to also be mindful of their own holiday wellness, at https://www.dbhids2021.wpengine.com/en/mind-your-holidays through January 1, 2018. While the holiday season can be a joyous time of celebration, cheer and family fun for many, studies show that as many as 30 million Americans experience feelings of depression during the holidays. People who are spending the holidays alone while those around them gather with family and friends may be especially vulnerable. Experts say a phone call, text message, email, visit or invitation may help lift the spirits of a person who is troubled and experiencing difficulties this time of year. “Having the holiday blues is a real phenomenon that’s often overlooked causing many people to suffer through sadness, loneliness and hurt in silence as holiday parties and other festivities abound all around them,” said David T. Jones, the city’s behavioral health commissioner. “Without even realizing it, people can easily become so preoccupied with the various demands, hectic schedules and overall excitement of the [...]
The snow is falling and the city is bright. There is a chill in the air and a feeling of joy. The decorations are hung, gifts secured, and family time is confirmed, yet, feelings of sadness and low energy are looming. Some feelings of sadness and low energy that you may not be aware of could possibly indicate a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Marcella A. Maguire, PhD
Director for DBH Homeless Services
As the weather turns colder, and the holidays beckon, one group of DBHIDS staff and providers are gearing up for the most intense time of the year. Winter, colder temperatures, and ‘Code Blue’s mean that people who live on our streets must take extraordinary measures to survive. But the DBHIDS team who supports them, has a goal not just of survival but of recovery.