As we fall into Fall I think it is an important to remember that the changing seasons can trigger grief and loss issues for many people. Even though the trees are beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow the varying hues of gold may be a reminder of what (or who) we have lost as the leaves begin to change.

As a therapist working with a lot of people who are feeling depressed and/or suicidal I have often noticed the uptick in ideation around the seasonal calendar. What makes it more complicated is the fact that the seasons can trigger renewal and hope for others at the same time they trigger painful emotions for others.

These different experiences can keep us from asking for help as the leaves change and the snow begins to fall. Many people feel like there is something wrong with them for having seasonal triggers. Spring can be even more difficult for people who struggle to come out of the cave at the same time the rest of the world wants to wake up after a long winter.

If you are struggling with depression, grief, and loss know that you are not alone. There are many others who are feeling the heaviness along with the dread of the coming holidays. There are many who are experiencing seasons for the first time without loved ones.

Ask for help when you need it.
Remember that you are not alone.
Find gratitude every day.
Mark your progress BEFORE you think of what you need more of or less of.
Find grace for yourself.
Acknowledge your experience as valid.
Seek out hope and know it always exists..even if it is hard to see through the falling leaves.

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