Mental Health Awareness

Managing Grief During the Holidays! 

The holidays can be extremely difficult and overwhelming after a loved one has died.  Since you’re probably thinking about him or her, here’s a great way to acknowledge the person who has died and allow a time of remembrance.

Memory Stocking

What do I do with his or her stocking at Christmas?  Do I put it up or keep it down?

Here’s an idea…Tell everyone in your family that throughout the holiday season that they should write down special memories of the person who died on a piece of paper and slip them in that person’s stocking.  They can also use pictures that represent a memory.  When Christmas arrives, set aside a special time to empty the stocking and have each person share their memory with the family.  If you don’t have a stocking, you can make a stocking as a family or decorate a store-bought stocking.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas or do not decorate with stockings, a memory box will serve the same purpose on any holiday or special day.

Feel free to share your memory stocking or box with us.

64 Tips for Coping with Grief at the Holidays

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Emotions and Coping Strategies- Click this link for information regarding emotions that you may be feeling and the strategies you can use to help you cope with them.

According to CDC

                * During 2019, approximately one in five (18.8%) Texas HS youths seriously considered attempting suicide.

                * One in six (15.7%) Texas HS students had made a suicide plan.

                * One in 40 (2.%%) Texas HS students made a suicide attempt requiring medical treatment.

                * 34% feeling sad or hopeless.

                * 10% of Texas HS students have experienced sexual violence (1 out of 10).

The students behind these numbers make it crucial for schools to play a  critical role in addressing children’s mental health. Addressing student mental health helps to prevent suicide, increase academic performance, improve behavior and supports the entire child.

24-hour Crisis Response Hotline- Gulf Coast Center- Galveston Co.



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Spanish Line: 1-888-628-9454

TTY: 1-800-799-4889 deaf and hard of hearing


 24/7 National Crisis TEXT line

Text “HOME” to 741741 (English Only)

Advised to use National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for Spanish.

Information and Referral Line (24/7)

Provides a comprehensive locator for service for social supports including food, housing, money, legal and additional mental and behavioral services.