Blue Christmas

The holidays are not always a celebration and happy time for individuals affected with mental illness.

The National Alliance Of Mental Illness of Wichita Falls said they stay busy during the holiday season, providing support for those who are living with a mental illness and experiencing the holiday blues.

Individuals living with mental illness say it's a constant struggle their entire life, and family support helps tremendously.

Gaye Warren, who's been living with major depressive disorders since she was 18 years old said the holidays can be a difficult time for her and her family.

Gaye Warren commented, "You listen to anything they will say because they will be reluctant to talk about it." Warren added, "If you notice a relative or friend withdrawing and not really participating in activities, that may be a sign they may need help."

NAMI offers free support groups and classes or those diagnosed or family members wanting to educate themselves.

NAMI is hosting their annual Christmas Party at the State Hospital on Monday, December 3rd at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun and celebrate the season with patients.

For more information you can contact the NAMI Office at (940) 244-6264.

Natalie Garcia,   Newschannel 6