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Mental Health

Mental Health

Tips to Manage Stress and Anxiety During Holidays

While the holidays can be a time of celebration and joy, they can also bring stress and anxiety. Planning for holiday-related stress can allow you to prepare and practice coping skills. Consider the following strategies as you navigate this holiday season:

  • Reach out to a friend or family member for support.
  • Acknowledge your feelings. You may be feeling sad, stressed, anxious, depressed, or some combination of these and other feelings. Accept that it is okay to not feel happy.
  • Enjoy moments of happiness and well-being. Appreciate the short or long moments of positivity when you experience them.
  • Continue your healthy habits and routines:
    • Maintain a healthy diet. Plan ahead to enjoy special occasion food and drink as part of your healthy eating patterns.
    • Get plenty of sleep and rest.
    • Continue your patterns of regular physical activity.
    • Avoid excessive alcohol intake.
  • Take ownership of your holiday activities. It’s okay to say no to activities during this busy season. It may be helpful to share your plans with friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Take time to take care of yourself and recharge. Pick a fun or stress-reducing activity you enjoy, such as reading, taking a walk, listening to music, meditating, or doing yoga.
  • Plan a budget for holiday spending. Avoid financial stress by planning and sticking to a budget. Remember that gifts don’t need to be expensive to be meaningful. Gifts of service or homemade gifts can be more memorable and valued.
  • Reach out to your health care provider or a mental health professional if you are overwhelmed and unable to carry out your daily responsibilities. It is important to ask for help!
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Behavioral and Mental Health – including reducing substance abuse – was one of the top issues our community identified as part of the Public Health Improvement Plan.

Douglas County has a strong history of convening mental health resources through the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative. The Initiative and Health Department have started working together to continue to find innovative ways to serve our community with mental health resources.

If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact the Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255), text “TALK” to 38255, or go to the Colorado Crisis Services website to access a live chat available in 17 languages. Help and hope are available 24/7/365.

To schedule a first-time appointment for yourself, your child, or a loved one contact:


Colorado Crisis Services can also help find a provider in your area and who takes your insurance. Connect with them by calling 1-844-493-8255.

Community Response Teams

Community Response Teams (CRTs) pair a member of law enforcement with a mental health clinician to respond in the community

Community Response Team (CRT)

Youth Community Response Team

The Youth CRT is designed to complement the efforts of schools to comprehensively address mental health and substance use disorder needs.

Youth Community Response Team

Mental Health Initiative

Mental Health Initiative (DCMHI) was established in 2014 to unite community partners, address unmet mental health needs, connect people to mental health services and prevent those in need from falling through the cracks of the mental health system.

Mental Health Initiative

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