“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” or so they say. However, for many folks, Christmas time can be a difficult time of the year for all sorts of reasons. The holidays can be overwhelming, presenting a dizzying array of pressures and expectations. Individuals who may feel these stressors more intensely include those who have lost loved ones, have stretched budgets, are separated from friends and family, are unemployed or do not have stable housing. Although anxiety, depression, and loneliness may occur anytime during the year, the stress and expectation of the holidays can amplify these feelings.
Here are a few resources for you during this time of the year.
If you’re feeling sad and lonely during the holidays, consider looking into counselling or support groups by visiting the Mental Health & Addictions tile followed by selecting ‘counselling’ and ‘support’ or click here.
Keep in touch with vulnerable and elderly folk in your community by visiting ‘Daily Hello / Friendly Visiting Program’ under the Older Adults tab or click here.
Find free or low cost food and clothing by visiting the Food and Clothing tile and select ‘Food Banks’, ‘Free/Low-Cost Meals’ and/or ‘Secondhand Clothing’.
If you are looking for activities for you, or you and your kids during the holiday season, contact your local Public Libraries, Recreation and Leisure centres. You’ll find these under ‘recreation’ sublink in Older Adults and in Youth, and ‘recreation for children’ under the Children & Parenting tile.