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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 Year’s. 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 nation’s 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.

Most Recent Press Releases

Mental Health Reforms Have Slowed Since the Newtown Tragedy; NAMI Report Shows Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin among Exemplary Leaders in 2014
Momentum for reform of the nation's mental health care system slowed in 2014 as a result of failure by Congress to enact comprehensive mental health care legislation and a decrease in the number of states strengthening investment in mental health services.

NAMI Applauds Federal Stay of Texas Execution of Scott Panetti
NAMI is grateful to the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for staying tonight's scheduled execution of Scott Panetti, a man who has lived with severe schizophrenia for more than 30 years. 

The Holiday Blues Press Release
High expectations, loneliness and stress can lead to the “Holiday Blues” during the season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. In most cases symptoms are temporary, but they can be serious if they last for more than two weeks, leading to clinical anxiety and/or depression.

Do You Know the Symptoms? Oct. 5-11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week; NAMI Calls for Public Education
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 5-11. What do you have planned?

MIAW is a time for education about mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other medical conditions that affect a person's thinking, feelings moods, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, VA Senator Creigh Deeds, other Mental Health Advocates to Urge Congress to Pass Comprehensive Mental Mealth Legislation as Part of NAMI's "National Day of Action" for Mental Health
NAMI announced that it will launch a National Day of Action for Mental Health on Thursday, September 4th during its annual convention in Washington, DC. As part of the National Day of Action, conference attendees will visit Capitol Hill offices to urge legislators to pass comprehensive mental health reform legislation.

Additional Information

Facts About NAMI
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.

Facts and Figures About Mental Illness
Mental illnesses can profoundly disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, moods, ability to relate to others and capacity for coping with the demands of life.

Military and Veterans Mental Health
American troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and other veterans cannot depend solely on the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) for mental health care—even though the civilian mental health care system is in crisis, according to the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held this past week.

NAMI Applauds Bipartisan Mental Illness Insurance Parity Bill
NAMI is proud to support the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007 and the unprecedented bipartisan agreement achieved by Senators Pete Domenici, Ted Kennedy and Mike Enzi.

Statement on TAC Hospital Report
NAMI responds to the Treatment Advocacy Center's (TAC) report on the shortage of hospital beds for individuals with mental illness.