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Strategies for better mental health around the holidays

New Westminster – The holidays can be a hectic time of year for many people, and the New Westminster Police Department is encouraging residents to pause and consider their mental health.

“As we navigate the holiday season, it’s crucial to recognize that it can be a challenging time for many,” stated Constable Adam Kautz. “We need to be checking in not only around the holidays, but throughout the year. There are lots of great resources available through both Fraser Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association.”

Mental illness is widespread. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, about seven million Canadians live with mental illness at any given time. Mental health challenges transcends all ages and backgrounds. In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.

If you feel you would benefit from speaking to a mental health professional, please visit the Fraser Health website Additionally, the Peer Assisted Care Team (PACT) can be reached from 7:00am-11:30pm, 7 days/week by calling 778-727-3909. If you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, you should call 9-1-1 or go to a hospital emergency department right away. The National Suicide Crisis Hotline answers calls and texts 24/7 at 9-8-8.