DETROIT (WWJ) – The holiday season can be a wonderful time as people get together to spend time with family and friends. But for some, it may not be as merry.

Tom Watkins, CEO of Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Authority, says with the holidays come stress and depression, causing a rise in domestic violence and suicide cases.

“We do see a rise in people reaching out and needing help during this period, but also right after the holidays more people can feel even more isolated, so mental health issues are not something that just happens during one particular season. It’s an issue that’s all year long.”

But Watkins says if you’re feeling down, keep people around you or do things such as read or exercise that may take your mind off things.

“We encourage (people) not to isolate themselves during these times. To reach out and to engage themselves in many, many different ways,” said Watkins.

If you need help coping with stress or depression, you can call the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority.

For more information call (313) 224-5700.

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