The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is seeing increased calls for people seeking mental health resources

Many people experience seasonal depression during the holiday season.

AUSTIN, Texas – For some, this is the best time of the year. For others not so much.

While the holidays are a time known for happiness, others struggle with seasonal depression.

“There’s a lot more loneliness,” said Jeremy Castleberry, CIT investigator at Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. “I think, you know, for a lot of people who’ve lost a loved one and things like that, it hits a little bit harder.”

However, it is more than just the feeling of loneliness. Many people worry about their budget.

“You have an increase in anxiety, stress, depression and things like that,” Castleberry added. “A lot of it stems from financial worries, you know, just not having enough money, especially around the holidays. You buy presents for people.”

He said there’s also a lot of social pressure from family or friends who have to go somewhere or do certain things.

“I think you’re setting yourself some reasonable limits,” Castleberry said. “I will do this event, but I will not do this other one.”

Castleberry said that people who think this way are not alone. If you need assistance, contact your local mental health authority or first responder.

“It’s not a burden on us or anything,” Castleberry said.

Here is a list of mental health resources for anyone seeking help:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free, 24-hour lifeline for individuals experiencing emotional distress or crisis.
  • Call 1-800-273-8255 to speak to a trained listener.
  • Text MHA 741-741
  • Crisis Text Line offers free, confidential SMS support for people experiencing emotional distress or crisis. It is available 24/7.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

  • Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
  • The SAMHSA National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365 days a year treatment referral and information service in English and Spanish for individuals and families dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
  • For more informations click here.

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Laura Coffey

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