Despite what you see in cheerful commercials, feel-good movies, and smile-for-the-selfie social media posts, the holiday season can be a difficult time for so many. If you or a loved one is living with a mental health condition, it can be even more challenging. A recent NAMI study showed that 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse

No matter our circumstances, it is wise to be prepared for what could be a stressful or challenging time.

Below, we have links to resources. As always, if you or someone you love is experiencing a mental health crisis, there is help and hope. Call 911 for emergencies. For a crisis, the LA County Department of Mental Health Crisis Hotline is open 24/7 at 800-854-7771, or you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting NAMI to 741741. You can also reach the CA Youth Crisis line at (800) 843-5200.

How to Maintain Mental Health During the Holiday Season

Family Guide: How to Handle the Holidays When a Loved One Lives with a Mental Health Condition

Self-Care Guide

CalHOPE Warm Line: English warm line: 424-293-0645; Spanish warm line: 424-293-0646

Below, video of the November 2021 session of our Janis Black Warner Speaker Series with Rabbi Nicole Guzik of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, who discussed mental health in faith communities and how to manage stress during the holiday season.

Holiday Guide: Mental Health Support for You and Your Loved Ones

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