CHS Counseling Department
Holidays & Our Mental Health
Holidays are around the corner and as we begin to prepare for festive music and spreading cheer, we may also need to prepare for changes in our mental health. Many individuals may experience a shift from feelings of excitement to despair as the holidays transpire. There are many factors that play a role when it comes to one's mental health and during the holidays additional stressors we may face include the pressure to attend or host social events, purchasing gifts, committing to travel, and coping with grief (to name a few). A study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that almost two-thirds (64%) of people with mental illness reported that their conditions worsened during the holidays.
The Holidays can also be a difficult time for children to cope for a variety of reasons including, isolation or loss, overwhelming attention from family they rarely see, irregular schedules, or triggers for those battling different mental health conditions such eating disorders, substance abuse, or social anxiety. If you feel that you are becoming overwhelmed during this time, start off by knowing you are not alone and there are resources to help. Here are a few websites to offer more information and guidance on coping with the holidays.
Information Courtesy of Brandalyn Haggerty, MS, LPC
ESC Region 2, Educational Resource Clinician
Vanessa Cantu, Counselor Secretary
Crystal Garcia, Registrar
Jan Threadgill, Skyward Support
Jessica Dominguez, College & Career Staff
Stacey Carrillo , College and Career Staff
12/1- Current 9th/Upcoming 10th grade registration meeting
12/5-12/9- Freshman Course registration through English classes
12/16- Last day of Semester 1/ HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
1/6- Current 10th/Upcoming 11th grade registration meeting
1/9-1/12- Sophomore Course registration through English classes
1/16-1/20- Livestock Show Break
1/27- Current 11th/Upcoming 12th grade registration meeting
1/30- 2/10-Junior Course registration through English classes
1/28- TSIA2 Test- Sign up in the Dual Credit Room
2/11- ACT at CHS- register at act.org
2/16- ASVAB testing