A message from Dr. Nel Wieman, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
The holiday season is here, bringing fun times and get-togethers for some – but sadness and loneliness for others, who may be missing loved ones or are away from home and family.
If you're among those who really enjoy the holidays, that's wonderful! We wish you a very merry holiday season. We also encourage you to do what you can to include in your celebrations and gatherings those in your family or community who may be struggling. Many people in our communities are coping with losses due to COVID-19, other illnesses, and the toxic-drug-poisoning crisis, as well as other traumas related to past and current events.
Fortunately, there are things we can do to help others feel better during this time. Just by reaching out and connecting with people who may be feeling down or grieving, we can make a significant difference in their lives and help empower them to walk their journey toward healing and wellness. It is a wonderful truth that by helping others, we also help ourselves, because, as our Elders have often said, “We are all connected. What happens to one of us, happens to all of us." Here are some of the things we can do:
We can't say enough how important it is to make efforts to reach out to each other and check in on how our loved ones are doing. Sometimes people who are distressed or depressed simply don't feel able to reach out for help. So in the spirit of the season, let's reach out and support one another and help our loved ones access help if they need to. Let's do what we can to brighten each other's spirits this holiday season.
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