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The holidays are not a time of celebration for everyone

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Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 2:15 pm

The holiday season is a time for joyous family gatherings, parties and festivities. However, the holidays can be stressful for many people. The high expectations for social gatherings, financial strain, and even having to spend time with family/relatives with whom there may be lingering issues can test our patience, our pocket-books and our self-control.

Additionally, many people find that the holidays bring on sadness as they reflect on holidays past, friends and family that have passed away or thoughts of those who are troubled or suffering. These feelings of sadness may grow into feelings of isolation and even evolve into emotional problems.

Still others may experience a post-holiday “let down” after the New Year that can result from the loss of potential and disappointments from the previous year, together with the fatigue of having endured the holiday rush.

You, or someone you know, may reach the point of a behavioral health crisis this holiday season.

There is help in these situations.

The Crisis Response Network, a provider for Magellan Health Services of Arizona, receives calls during this time of year for help from those overcome by holiday-based stress, anxiety and depression and those seeking to help people with a behavioral health crisis. The CRN offers many services including:

• Reaching out to people on a one-time basis over-the-phone with coping advice for the holidays.

• Engaging Crisis Navigators to assist people in behavioral health crisis.

• Sending out Mobile Crisis Response teams to help people in crisis in their own home.

The Crisis System of Care in Maricopa County is at work helping people every day, including during the holidays.

Our system is nationally recognized as a state-of the-art safety net for our community. We’ve partnered with local police and fire departments, social service agencies, the Department of Corrections, parole/probation, homeless shelters, CPS and community members. These partnerships result in our ability to help people with all types of behavioral health issues.

You don’t need to have been diagnosed with a behavioral health issue, have a serious mental illness (SMI), be a Magellan service recipient, AHCCCS eligible, or even someone who has ever had behavioral health issues. The stress of the holidays can become overwhelming and if you begin to feel anxious, deeply saddened, or reach a point of crisis; or, you encounter someone who is, we will make sure you get the help you need, where you need it. Please call the 24/7 toll-free crisis line at (800) 631-1314 or (602) 222-9444.

• Galdys is the MBA, CPRP, Senior Director of Adult Services for Magellan Health Services of Arizona and Suzanne Rabideau, MA, LPC, MBA, CEO for the Crisis Response Network, Inc.

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