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What to do about the Holiday Blues

High expectations, loneliness and stress can lead to the Holiday Blues during the season from Thanksgiving to New Yearís. In most cases, symptoms are temporary, but they can be serious if they last for more than 2 weeks, leading to clinical anxiety and/or depression. People already living with mental illness often find that their conditions worsen during the holidays.

NAMI's Medical Director, Ken Duckworth, M.D., is available to talk about the holiday blues on your radio or TV show.

NAMI offers information to health and lifestyle editors, producers and reporters and others working on stories about the holiday blues. They include tips on avoiding or minimizing the blues, as well as related topics.

Holiday Blues press release
The Holiday Blues: Tips and facts

Welcome to the NAMI Newsroom, the place for reporters, advocates and other media professionals. NAMI's communications services team is available around-the-clock to news media for:

  • Expert analysis on a wide range of issues related to severe mental illnesses or brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder/manic-depression, major depression, and anxiety disorders.
  • Current data on research, treatments, rates of prevalence
  • Interviews with national spokespersons and technical experts
  • Access to persons with serious mental illness and their families who are willing to share personal stories with the media
  • Comment on breaking news

Media Contacts:

Bob Carolla, Director of Media Relations
3803 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Telephone: (703) 524-7600
Fax: (703) 516-7238

Examining our Mental Health System

Recent news and other national tragedies have resulted in important examinations of our nationís mental health system. Along with working with our nation's leaders and holding discussions about how to improve mental health care it is important to look at all of the underlying causes that lead to these events and look at how we can prevent them in the future as well as providing resources and care for all of those affected.

This guide includes resources for policymakers, news media and the general public with information about NAMI policy, mental illness, outreach initiatives and resources for families. ... Read More.

For NAMI Press Releases, you may read the most recent release below, or visit the Press Release Archive to browse releases from 1997 - present.

Lynn Borton
Learn more about Lynn Borton, NAMI's Chief Operating Officer.

Ken Duckworth, M.D.
Learn more about Ken Duckworth, M.D., NAMI's Medical Director.

Ronald S. Honberg, J.D.
Learn more about Ron Honberg, J.D., NAMI's Director of Policy and Legal Affairs.

Katrina Gay
Learn more about Katrina Gay, NAMI's Director of Communications.

Charles R. Harman
Learn more about Charles Harman, NAMI's Director of Corporate Relations.

Warren H. Karmol, Jr.
Learn more about Warren Karmol, Director NAMI Walks.

Bob Carolla, J.D.
Learn more about Bob Carolla, J.D., NAMI's Director of Media Relations.

Andrew Sperling, J.D.
Learn more about Andrew Sperling, J.D., NAMI's Director of Legislative Affairs.

Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D.
Learn more about Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D., NAMI's Director of the Child and Adolescent Action Center.

MaJosť Carrasco
Learn more about MaJosť Carrasco, NAMI's Multicultural Action Center Director.

Martha Brick
Learn more about Martha Brick, NAMI's Helpline Manager.

Teri Brister
Learn more about Teri Brister, NAMI's Director of NAMI's Programs for Young Families.

Mary Giliberti
Learn more about Mary Giliberti, NAMI's Executive Director.