December is a very busy month, and one that is, for the most part, focused on home, family, and tying up loose ends from the previous year. It is a time of tradition – family tradition, religious tradition, and cultural tradition. It is a time of memories past, and memories in the making. It can be a time of celebration, but for many people, it can also be a difficult time.
With the holidays (starting even before Thanksgiving), come stress and different levels of depression. We may be working with these symptoms within ourselves, or we may we working with clients that are exhibiting this behavior. It is important as readers that we have tools to work with stress and depression, and that we have tools (and resource numbers) that we can gift our clients with.
It is a good idea to develop a list of local resource numbers for clients that live within your own area, as well as a list of toll free nationwide numbers to give to clients that live outside of our local area, or in a different state. I would suggest the following nationwide toll free numbers:
Child Help 800-422-4533 Helps child abuse victims.
Stop It Now! 888-773-8368 Helps child sexual abuse victims.
National Center For Victims Of Crime 800-394-2255 Helps individuals, families and communities.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 Helps victims and offenders.
National Alliance On Mental Illness – 800-950-6264 Helps Individuals, families and professionals.
Child Find of America 800-426-5678 Helps parents reporting lost or abducted children.
Child Find of America – Mediation 800-292-9688 Helps parents with abduction, prevention and child custody issues.
Girls and Boys Town National Hotline 800-448-3000 Helps boys and girls n trouble.
National Center For Missing and Exploited Children 800-843-5678 Helps families and professionals (law enforcement and social services).
National Drug Abuse Hotline 800-622-457 Helps individuals and families.
National Suicide Hotline 800-784-2433 Helps Individuals and families.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8355 Helps families and concerned individuals.
National Runaway Switchboard 800-786-2929 Helps runaway and homeless youths and families.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network 800-656-4673 Ext 1 Helps rape an incest victims.
Relief For Caregivers 800-677-1116 Helps parents or professionals caring for children with disabilities or terminal illness, or child abuse.
Substance Abuse Hotline 800-262-2463 Helps individuals and families.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and a Joyous Holiday Season!
(c) December 2010 Bonnie Cehovet