Thanksgiving celebrations are different all around, and even though most people celebrate it with family, friends, and loved ones, they can still feel lonely. The past two years have been more difficult for some because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some individuals have been unable to visit family and friends during the holidays. Some people may have recently lost loved ones.
There are also many other reasons people can be experiencing grief and loss during the holidays. Loneliness and isolation are two factors that may play a role during this year’s Thanksgiving celebration. This is why it is important to connect with those around you during this time to prevent loneliness, isolation, and in some cases, suicidal thoughts or ideas.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to CONNECT:
For more information, contact your local Community Counseling Center or the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, press 1, or via text at 838255. Find more prevention resources in the Prevention in Action Newsletter.
Holidays focus on food, family, friends, and celebration, which can include overindulging in alcohol. This can make staying sober and making low-risk choices extremely difficult.
It’s easy to misjudge how long the effects of alcohol will last. Many people believe they will begin to sober up — and be able to drive safely — once they stop drinking and have a cup of coffee. But the truth is that alcohol continues to affect the brain and body long after finishing that last drink.