Thanksgiving is historically known and intended for a time of gratitude.* For many, finding something to be grateful for is easier said than done. People suffering from mental illness struggle from one minute to the next trying to find even the smallest of happiness. Caregivers of those with struggles also find their own battle to continue holding sincere smiles
If you know someone has struggles (mental health disorders or others), loss of loved ones (hard to deal with during the holidays for many), trouble finding joy (pessimistic)…. don’t just “consider” reaching out, if you care to see how they are, be like Nike and just do it. It could end up meaning so much more to them than you realize. If it’s not a blessing in their eyes, then consider what was lost by doing a good thing for a short moment of your time? I am certain you will find it was still worth it.
For those who need mental health outreach please consider texting: 741741 or calling: NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE 1-800-273-8255 (please note that this is not solely for suicide prevention and can assist with any urgent emotional needs)
*This is from a US culture perspective and not an assumption that everyone believes in celebrating this holiday in the same way