Winter is here and with it comes many holidays and gatherings. While this may bring joy and excitement, it can also create situations that prompt anxiety, depression, and grief, especially for survivors of sexual violence.
Survivors can experience mixed emotions around the holiday season for many reasons. Some things that can make the holidays extra challenging are:
Knowing how the holidays may affect you, now can be a good time to brush up on your coping skills, lean on your support systems and make a plan to get through the tough times! If you are a support person for a survivor, now may be an important time to check in with them about how you can best support them through these times. Giving some concrete options of how you can support them can be useful. For example, instead of just saying “Let me know what I can do”, you could add “I can bring a meal over," "I can be available to pick you up if you are feeling triggered and need a ride home," or "I can text you encouraging things during the event.”
Some holiday coping ideas…
Know that you are not alone. You can always call SASC’s 24 hour support line at 519.741.8633.
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Written by Adria
Adria is the Groups and Workshop Coordinator for SASC.
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