While the holiday season is meant to be a time of love and joy, it can also be a time of loneliness.
The end of the year is a time in which a larger spotlight shines on the issue of mental health. Often times, the explanation for seasonal depression is that people are disconnected from their friends or family. However, one local expert says that in today’s interconnected world, technology can tear us apart as easily as it can bring us together.
“Cell phones increase social isolation, social media increases feelings of social isolation and a lack of community, you know, a lack of actually seeing people and going out and doing things,” said Rosemary Ketchum, Associate Director of NAMI Wheeling. “And those are risk factors in regards to suicidal ideations.”
If you or someone you know is dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 1-800-950-6264.