The Holidays Can be a Difficult Time for Many People

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The Holidays Can be a Difficult Time for Many People
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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, but for people who struggle with mental illness, they can be destabilizing, lonely and overwhelming.

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, many people struggle with the change of season and withdraw from regular daily activities. People who struggle with depression are met with increased pressures and stressors that can be detrimental to their wellbeing and will in turn affect those family and friends who are trying to cope.

We encourage people not to brush off that discouraging feeling as simply being a case of the winter blues. Mental illness affects people in different ways but no one has to go through it alone.

The Halton Regional Police work closely with the Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch (CMHA-HRB) through the COAST Program that focuses on helping those in crisis as well as people who struggle with mental health and/or addictions.

During the holiday season, there is a dramatic increase in the number of people who struggle to cope. Depression, finances, family stress, isolation, social pressures, psychosis or thoughts of suicide – our Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) provides Oakville residents with a crisis line that is available 24/7, just call 1-877-825-9011.

The team is comprised of health care workers and police officers trained in mental health and crisis intervention. This line is available for people reaching out for help, but also for those family and friends who need direction and support as well.

It is important to take depression and mental health seriously. There are resources available to help recognize and treat the many forms of mental illness and COAST is available to provide residents with the tools needed to get through the holiday season.

For more information, please go to our website: COAST

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