When the holidays are filled with sadness instead of joy, there's help - Dr. Marty Becker


When the holidays are filled with sadness instead of joy, there’s help

Friday, Dec 21st, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

sad girl and cat looking out the window

I love this time of year. I love the cold, brilliant snow of North Idaho, I love seeing the dogs and horses nosing and tossing the snow around, I love the Christmas lights, and I love reflecting on the blessings that fill my life.

But as someone who suffers from depression, I know that this can be the worst time of year. This is only compounded if there’s been a loss of a human or animal loved one. Having lost many pets last year around this time, I’m very aware of how crippling that devastation can be.

Please know that Teresa and I are holding every one of you in our prayers, and if you find yourself overwhelmed with sadness, loneliness, and despair, there are people who want to help. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their help is free and confidential.

In Canada, contact Crisis Services Canada at 833-456-4566, 24/7. Here are resources in the UK, in Australia, and in New Zealand.

I hope neither you nor a loved one need this information, but if you do, please use it. And hold your pets tight.

With the warmest of wishes for your happiness on Christmas and in the New Year,

Marty and Teresa Becker