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Help For San Diegans Dealing With Holiday Stress

Evening Edition

Aired 12/16/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


GUESTS:

Dr. Anthony Jensen, MHS medical director

David Peters, family therapist with offices in Mission Valley

Transcript

You hear the question everywhere right about now. Even strangers ask you the question trying to make polite small talk: "Are you all ready for the holidays?" And then you are reminded — you are not ready at all. Many of us are not even half-ready. And Christmas is next week.

Additional Resources

If you need information about how to handle a mental health crisis, you can talk to a trained counselor who can help with your specific situation.

Dial 2-1-1, This hotline connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free phone service and searchable online database. -

Access and Crisis Lineat (800) 724-7240

Licensed Therapist in your area - MHS Novata Wellness (866) 221-7361

San Diego Access & Crisis Line: Phone: (888) 724-7240

AASan Diego County

Available 24/hours a day (619) 265-8762

(AA Central provides information on events scheduled through the holiday season offering support to those in recovery)

In addition to the usual stress of the holidays, many people deal with greater anxieties around this time of year. Family dynamics or loss of a loved one can make it a stressful and challenging time.

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