By Mary McPhail Gray
“There must be something in the atmosphere! We have had one crisis after another with our clients at school this week!” commented a Taos Behavioral Health professional in late October. “Oh yes,” said another—“The high school is also reverberating with turmoil from our students. But remember—this is the start of the holiday season. We are always in for a ride!”
October, with its sugar-load and complex preparation for Halloween parades and parties, starts the season. In Taos—it is enthusiastically celebrated by adults and youth—with planning and comparisons about costumes and “the haul.” The town of Taos and merchants have planned a celebration to pull people together on the historic district so that a safe holiday can be enjoyed. Credit and appreciation must go to them.
Yet the excitement of the holidays also comes with stress—especially for youth needing support with behavioral health needs. Youth receiving TBH services are deeply impacted by the security of familiar routines—regular schedules, healthy food at a stable schedule, time with familiar friends and family. The holidays tend to disrupt all those supports. This is especially the case when school is on vacation. [Read more…] about Being Realistic about the Holidays