A Note on Mental Health

As we enter the holiday season, it’s a good time to take a moment and remember the importance of mental health, both your own and that of the people around you.

The holidays can often bring an increase in social gatherings, the burden to buy gifts, or just the pressure of needing to be in “the holiday spirit.” According to a survey from the American Psychiatric Association, 31% of people surveyed reported an increase in stress during the holidays, an increase of 9% since 2021. Increased stress can lead to anxiety, depression, and even physical illness. And for those who may be struggling with mental health already, it can further exasperate existing issues. The National Alliance on Mental Illness notes that 64% of individuals living with mental illness felt that their conditions worsened around the holidays. 

If you receive benefits from the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA), there are resources available to you via their Employee Assistance Program. It includes 12 free, confidential counseling sessions per year to help with personal matters, loss, anxiety, trauma, and financial concerns. These services are available not only to you but also to your spouse and dependents.  

Below are additional resources that may help if you or anyone around you is struggling. You may also want to reach out to your employer and inquire about additional programs or resources they may offer. 

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