Christmas time is supposed to be happy: gifts, generosity, family reunions, closing off a year and hoping for a better one.
For many people, the reality is that this time of the year is the worst. Some are isolated and lonely, when they imagine everyone else enjoying good cheer. Others miss loved ones who have died or left, thinking of the happier past. And family reunions can be reminders of past trauma, and the occasions of copping new.
I don’t do Christmas, or as little as I can. Reasons:
1. Every day should be for the sentiments people associate with Christmas: kindness, sharing, generosity.
2. Christmas should be a religious celebration for Christians, and I am not a Christian. I don’t celebrate Ramadan either, because I am not Muslim.
3. I really, really hate the commercialism, waste and hypocrisy associated with it.
4. In any case, Jesus was not born in December, but in March. That’s when Herod’s census was held. Constantine’s synod decided to celebrate it at the date of the Mithraist midwinter fest, because otherwise Mithraists (who included most of the soldiers in 4th Century AD) would not have converted.
I have also received the following two very helpful emails, which give you other resources:
Perhaps you already know that 7% of people (that’s over 20 million in the US and 500 million globally) have a major depressive disorder that profoundly impacts their lives – and less than half of them get the help they need.
With the holidays approaching, my organization – Public Health Corps – has launched an outreach campaign with the hopes that we’ll reach affected seniors and their loved ones during a time that can be so difficult for those with depression. We’ve compiled the list of resources below.
Mental Health and Recovery Resources
7% of people (that’s over 20 million in the US) have a major depressive disorder (1). More than HALF of these people do not get the treatment they need (2).
We hope the following resources can guide you and your loved ones to get the necessary help and support in order to stay healthy and happy through the holidays and the remainder of the year:
Aging and Depression | APA.ORG
Healthy Aging Fact Sheet | National Council on Aging
At EducatorLabs, we live for the opportunity to educate others on a variety of important topics. Today, I’m writing to share some fantastic resources related to mental health around the holidays, since this time of year can be tough for those suffering from mental health issues.
My goal is to influence 100 people to read these articles today and for 50 to share them with others. Let me know if you’re on board!
Happy holidays to you and yours,