Supporting Your Mental Health During the Holiday Season

December 6, 2023

Publication date: November 27, 2023

By: Tanner Bommersbach, MD, MPH; Policy Fellow, Center for Mental Health Services


As we approach the holiday season, it is important to remember that it is very common to feel added stress — and this stress can worsen symptoms of a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety, or a substance use disorder. A survey* conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that 64 percent of individuals living with a mental illness reported that their conditions worsened around the holidays. Whether due to separation from loved ones, personal grief, the pressures of gift-giving, economic hardship, challenging interactions with family members, or shorter days, this time of year can bring unique behavioral health challenges. However, there are ways to help address the stress or condition and improve your mental health. (


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has compiled a list of strategies to help you find moments of joy amidst the hustle and bustle this holiday season. Read the full article to learn more.


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