By Rita Baugh, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, Rock Island ArsenalDecember 6, 2010
Another year will soon be coming to a close, but not without the big rush of the holiday season. Relatives to visit, meals to prepare, presents to buy ... whether it is the most joyous time of year is up for debate, but it might certainly be the busiest.
The holiday season is a happy time for many; however, the stress of the season may exacerbate existing problems. Strained family relationships may be harder to tolerate, financial pressures more troubling, an already hectic schedule pushed to the brink. Depression and other mental health concerns can also be aggravated during the holidays. If you were feeling down or anxious before the holiday season, now you might feel even more worried or isolated. Some good times with friends and family may be all you need to feel better, but if you find you haven't felt like yourself for more than a week or two, something more serious may be going on.
To help you identify if your holiday stress or blues may be a sign of an underlying mental health condition the Rock Island Arsenal Employee Assistance Program is offering you the opportunity to complete a free, anonymous online screening at: mentalhealthscreening.org/screening, enter keyword ASAP.
Screenings are available for depression, anxiety, and other common mental health conditions. They are so quick to complete that they won't add to your already hectic holiday schedule. Make sure you give yourself a gift this holiday season. If you have been feeling down or stressed lately please check it out by taking a screening today.