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Suffering From Loss?

grief and lossThe Holiday Season can be a time for joy and celebration. However, for many it is a time that reminds us of loss. It is hard celebrating holidays if someone who is usually present, is not longer there to celebrate with. For example a recent death in the family or even a divorce can elicit some greif like symptoms that are hard to handle on your own.

Counseling is a helpful option when grieving from any type of loss. At Affordable Counseling we are available to help you and loved ones during times of acute stress resulting from grief and loss. Children and adults as well as civilians and the military need love, support, and guidance in order to process the losses in separation and divorce, fatal accidents, demise of a close friend, family member or significant other, loss of a job or home, or other sudden and unwelcomed turn of events.

We will walk with you through your darkest hour, holding the light of faith and giving you hope, renewal, and strength.

For more information about mental health services in the Tampa Bay area, visit our website at http://www.affordablecounselingbrandon.com. Also, see our parent company’s website at http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com.

Suicide and the Holiday Season

Have you ever heard that suicide rates are the highest during the holiday season? This is a common idea that we hear about every year. But is it really true? When you think logically it sounds likely that people feel depressed during the holidays because of family issues, stress, and overwhelming anxiety and therefore would make a decision to take their own lives. But the truth is that many studies show this concept of suicide rates excelling over the holidays is actually a myth. While suicide does occur within the holiday season, evidence does not show significant rises in the act during this period. This does not mean that suicide does not occur at this time, nor does it excuse anyone from seeing and addressing some of the warning signs. The following articles present information about this myth, but also provide links to suicide facts such as prevalence rates, warning signs, as well as additional information.

http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide/holiday.html

http://www.bidmc.org/YourHealth/TherapeuticCenters/Depression.aspx?ChunkID=156980

Even if this concept is a myth, suicide is not something to take lightly. If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal many resources are available to you. In Florida you can call 2-1-1, or call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Educate yourself on the warning signs so that you can also be a resource for someone in despair.

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For more information on mental health counseling in the Tampa Bay area, visit our website at http://www.affordablecounselingbrandon.com. You can also visit our parent company’s website at http://www.starpointcounselingbrandon.com, or http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com. We have two locations to better serve you!

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