#WinterWellness Twitter Chat Scheduled for December 11

owls perching on snowy branchGoodTherapy.org will be hosting a Twitter chat for the second time on December 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific. The theme of the December 11 discussion will be mental health concerns that accompany the holiday season, and we will be tweeting with the hashtag #WinterWellness. All are welcome to join! Follow us on Twitter @good_therapy and use #WinterWellness to watch the discussion and add your thoughts.

We will be asking pertinent questions related to the topic of mental health during the holidays, and we are eager to hear about your experiences with various aspects of maintaining wellness in the following situations:

  • When family members visit, potentially posing problems
  • When seasonal affective issues set in
  • When added pressures like guests and meal planning get in the way of making time for yourself
  • How you decompress when holiday stress is over
  • Managing general stress and anxiety
  • Coping with grief and loss during the holiday season

In September, we led a fruitful discussion about suicide prevention and were fortunate enough to have many voices chiming in about how we can improve care available to those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. For this conversation about well-being during the holidays, we hope to involve even more people and explore how to make this time of year more filled with joy, relaxation, and self-care. This is a great opportunity to use a social media platform to share your insight about mental health issues around the holidays and your tips and tricks for caring for one’s own needs during this time. It’s also your chance to learn from others about what works for them and what self-care they practice.

Social media present common platforms, and chats like these are far from trivial. Bringing minds together helps people feel less alone, helps build resources for people who need them, and slowly helps break down stigma by getting more people talking about mental health! We are excited to continue these efforts through our December 11 Twitter chat.

EVERYONE is welcome to join this discussion—therapists, mental health professionals, other caregivers, and members of the public are all encouraged to participate and add their voices. See you in the “Twitterverse” on December 11 at 11 a.m. Pacific!

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  • Liza

    Liza

    November 26th, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Definitely sounds like something that I hope to be able to check out!

  • joely

    joely

    November 26th, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Great topic and a great time to address many of these concerns. Winter is always a hard time for me with the weather, the darkness, all of it comes together for this perfect storm of misery and depression you might say. So I know that this will strike a chord with a whole lot of people and that you will have some great q and a for everyone who participates.

  • MARGO

    MARGO

    November 27th, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    I always seem to be a little off during this time, I think mostly because everything is so out of my normal routine that it is hard to stay on track and staying healthy when this time of year rolls around. I am always looking for great tips on how to beat the holiday blues and how to stay focused on the important things instead of getting bogged down in the minutiae that really is not all that important upon further inspection.

  • harrison

    harrison

    November 30th, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Twitter is such a great medium for a program such as this

  • Lance

    Lance

    December 4th, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I’ll be there

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