“Let’s bear in mind there are a lot of people for whom the holidays are not a joyous time,” said Mayor Sam Henderson in a December 9 public service announcement.
The holidays can be hard for many, and this year has been especially cruel.
During the Tuesday, December 1 Gulfport City Council meeting, Councilmember Christine Brown asked City Manager Jim O’Reilly if the city could regularly post available mental health and drug addiction services on the city’s website and social media.
As a response, the city has released a PSA from Mayor Henderson concerning mental health during the holidays.
“As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, I’ve been diagnosed and medicated for it for years now,” Henderson said. “These things can be overpowering feelings when you start to feel really bad, when you start to get down in those cycles where depression starts to take over for you.
“It may not be you that suffers from it. There may be others – someone you know, someone you see on a regular basis,” Henderson said. “Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone if you feel like they might be in need. People who need these resources may be unwilling or maybe just be unaware of these resources.
“I like to believe that life is good and that there is joy and happiness around the corner if we keep our eyes open for it,” Henderson said.
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