5 Tips: Take Care of Your Mental Health This Holiday Season

How Are You Feeling

The holidays can be a joyous, festive time, but for some they can bring added stress and loneliness. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) offers five ways you can take care of your own, as well as family and friends’ mental health and well-being through the holiday season and into 2018.

1. Get Help for Yourself or a Loved One

Don’t wait. Anyone seeking help for a mental health and/or substance use concern may walk in, without an appointment, to the CSB’s Merrifield Center and speak with a staff member in person.

For more information, contact the CSB at 703-383-8500 (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). In an emergency, call CSB Emergency Services at 703-573-5679 (anytime).


2. Sign Up for Mental Health First Aid
“Help create community immunity! We can all learn more about the risks of self-harm, how to help prevent suicide and how to help people who may be struggling, by taking one of our Mental Health First Aid courses.” Tisha Deeghan, Executive Director, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to help people who are in mental crisis, or potentially could be, and offers ways to:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other supports
Register For Mental Health First Aid


3. Take Confidential Online Mental Health Screening

Not feeling like yourself but not sure what’s wrong? Take one of our quick, online screenings for mental health issues, substance use disorders and eating disorders. After the questionnaire, you will see your results, recommendations and resources. Then give us a call if you think you need us; 703-383-8500 (during regular business hours) or anytime at 703-573-5679.

Take Mental Health Screening


4. Practice Good Self-Care Strategies

  • Share a smile with strangers – some people go all day without anyone acknowledging them
  • Start a cycle of encouragement – tell others what you appreciate about them
  • Listen to music that inspires and motivates you
  • Write a poem on something you care about, or an article on something you feel is interesting
  • Send a postcard to someone far away – reconnect


5. Join the Conversation

Keep up to date with issues relating to mental health in our community. Get involved and make your voice heard.

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