Being aware of mental health during the holidays

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The holiday season is especially trying for those battling mental illness. Being aware of helping those around you and utilizing the resources in the area is critical in helping someone with a behavioral health crisis.

"We like to look at the holidays as being festive and cheerful, but for some people that's not the case,” said Chief Sheriff Deputy Don Newman.

The holiday season is especially trying for those battling mental illness.

"Instead of reaching out, they get depressed, and sometimes suicidal. And that's where we have a lot of the depression that comes from local areas is people feeling like they can't do enough for their families,” said Crisis Response Counselor Dawn Nutting.

The Crisis Center of South Central Idaho, located at 570 Shoup Ave. W in Twin Falls, is a free service available 24/7, 365 days a year to anyone in need of help with a behavioral health crisis. It services Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties.

"Pick that 400 pound phone up before it becomes a crisis," Nutting said. "We have people here that can talk to you all day long. We have counselors, we have nurses that are well schooled in detox and the depression field," whether it's seasonal depression, sad memories regarding holidays, addiction or feeling like they're not providing enough for their families.

The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Department sends officers to Critical Intervention Team training that specializes in equipping officers on the correct way to handle a person with mental illness.

"We just want to be there for those people so that if they do need help they can reach out to us or the crisis center and understand there are resources out there for them to get help," Newman said.

"Confide in someone. Tell your best friend, tell someone how you're feeling don't hold it in,” Nutting said.

Seek the help you or someone you know needs and utilize the resources around you.

"When it comes to mental health don't wait. If you feel that somebody could use some help, please reach out. Contact us, contact the crisis center, the hospital, do whatever you can to get that person the help you feel they need. Because putting it off is not going to benefit them,” Newman said.

A list of numbers to call in case of a crisis are listed below:

Crisis Center: 866-737-1128
Twin Falls Sheriff’s Department: 208-736-4177
St. Luke’s: 208-381-2222
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 311

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