Increase of depression and suicidal thoughts during the holiday season

Good Day Dakota

The holidays, for many, can be one of the most joyful times of the year, but not everyone has the luxury of spending time with family and loved ones. This Christmas season is no different, and can be a lonely time for people causing suicidal thoughts and depression. 

KX talked to Kids Therapy Center Therapist, Valerie Meyers, who says she has seen a big increase this holiday season in the number of patients coming in with suicidal thoughts and depression.

She says the overflow of patients not only at her center, but also at the ER has forced them to transport people to Fargo due to limited beds and space.

Meyers says she can’t directly correlate the holiday season with the increase, but does say she seems to have more patients during this time.

Her center specializes in healthy alternatives for dealing with depression and suicide, such as taking vitamins and looking at your diet.

“We are seeing that lots and lots of our patients that are depressed and suicidal have been battling with this for years,” says Meyers. “And medical and counseling services have not been helping them and what we want them to know is there are other things out there that they can do. Some of them may not have the energy to do exercise and that’s why we also offer supplementation.”

She says just by changing the way you eat or adding other supplements to your daily routine can really make a difference in your mental health.

Meyers told KX she isn’t telling people to stop taking their prescription meds, but says there are other options if the medication or counseling isn’t enough.

If you want to look into some other alternatives for coping with depression and suicide you can contact the Kids Therapy Center

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