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Experts Urging Caution Around Depression and Holiday Season

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
12/24/14  8:43 PM PST
Depression Christmas

By Brandon Johansson for the Aurora Sentinel

AURORA | During Thanksgiving week the Arapahoe County coroner’s office investigated four suicides. That may not seem like much, but Arapahoe County Coroner Kelly Lear-Kaul said it’s double what she sees in a typical week.

With Christmas and New Year’s Day approaching, Arapahoe County officials and mental health agencies say they hope to raise awareness about how holiday stress can aggravate depression and lead to an increased risk of suicides.

Mike Tapp, division director of crisis services for Aurora Mental Health, said that for anyone already dealing with depression, the holidays can make it worse.

“Any kind of stress definitely aggravates depression,” he said.

And with the mountain of expectations people face this time of year, stress can mount quickly.

“There is a lot of pressure on people to meet different types of obligations,” he said.

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