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Many Suffer from Depression During the Holidays


For many suffering from loss and depression, the holidays can be a difficult time.

Kerry Snyder, pastor of First Congregational Church, knows how hard the holidays can be for people. Ten years ago, on December 18, his partner was murdered.

"I use that pain and that sadness," said Pastor Snyder. "He's with me and his spirit lives on."

Snyder says it's important this time of year to reach out to others if we are alone because the holidays can be wonderful.

Psychologist Dr. John Hand says part of it is cultural.

"In America, we expect to have a good time. We're supposed to have a good time. We're like programmed. And a lot of that is commercial," said Dr. Hand. "And when we're not really on top of our game when we're not really having a good time and we assume everybody else is, that makes things even worse for us."

"There are always people around the community you may not know, but they care about you and want to help you and be there for you. So reach out."

 First Congregational Church will serve a free dinner for anyone needing a hot meal and some company on Christmas Day.

In Jackson, Lifeways Community Mental Health will be open all day and can be reached at (571)-789-1200. In Lansing, Community Mental Health will also be open on Christmas and can be reached at (800)-372-8460.


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