Help is available for holiday related stress

by Emily Waldrep

The holidays and weeks afterward can often be a stressful time for people and, after a Tyler County suicide, the Woodville City Police Department wants to remind citizens that resources are available for those who feel overwhelmed, depressed or stressed.

The Suicide Hotline of Beaumont serves Tyler County Citizens and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to those who need it. Callers can reach the hotline at 1-800-793-2273.
"It seems like the holiday time of the year and the end of Christmas we seem to have an increase in suicides," said Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department. "Not only that, but the mortality rate of the elderly seems to be affected during the holidays. It is a stressful time for people who don't have families. There is a sad correlation between holidays and depression."
The Burke Center, formerly known as the Deep East Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, also provides a variety of health care service to people with mental illness or those that are contemplating suicide and are located in Lufkin with a branch in Livingston.

According to the Burke Center, tens of thousands of depressed people attempt suicide each year and about one-fourth of them succeed. In fact, more people die of suicide than homicide.
There is also a national suicide prevention line at 1-800-273-TALK