This is a topic request I received from a friend.

The holidays are approaching rapidly and it’s statistically shown depression and suicidal rates increase during the holiday season.

Depression is one of those things that you can easily suffer from and hide from others. You can go through your daily task, attend functions, and sometimes successfully mask your feelings.

You hide your true feelings from others- all to return home and get in the bed and feel de-pressed. I can easily talk about depression because that was my personal experience years ago- I would go out with my friends on the weekend and come home and wouldn’t do anything else at all. Thankfully, with prayer, I was able to overcome that season which occurred many years ago.

Remember, this holiday season is different for many, due to Covid and job loss. More people are likely to stay at home and not travel to see family or friends.

So with that being said, it brings about a great opportunity to reach out to a family member, a friend, a co-worker, or a neighbor to check on them. Maybe you can drop off groceries, send them a holiday card, call them or send a text. When I mention sending a text, I don’t mean the mass group text message chains either.

Also, this is not something that has to stop after the holidays, this can be done continuously. Do something nice for someone else without expecting anything in return.

Question of the Day: How will you check on someone this holiday season?

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 KJV