From the Director's Desk
Season's greetings, 

The holiday season is upon us! While the holiday season is meant to be a time of cheer, I know that this is not always the case. For that reason this month's mental health tip focuses on how to manage the stress of the holidays. We have also provided updated information on our therapist-guided and self-guided courses and a quick update on our website.

Of note, PSPNET and PSPNET Families will be closed for the holidays from December 23rd to January 2nd. If you require assistance during this time, please visit this link for resources available during this time.  

Thank you for your interest in our services and for taking the time to read this newsletter. Please contact us if you require any additional information or have any questions.

On behalf of the PSPNET Team, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and look forward to connecting in the new year.
Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos
Director of PSPNET
Happy Holidays
Everyone at PSPNET would like to wish you a very merry holiday season. 


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New and Noteworthy

Website Updates

We have redesigned our PSPNET website. This includes a new look and new resources, information, and strategies for family members of public safety personnel (PSP). The new resources include information on the ripple effects of trauma exposure, how family members can extend their support system, and much more. Visit or to find out more. 

Mental Health Tip

The holidays center on merriment and cheer, but they can also lead to increased stress, worry, anxiety, low mood, and depression. Here are some tips to help you increase your mental well-being over the holidays. 

1. Leave the "perfect holiday" vision behind. Everyone's traditions are different and that is OK. You might even feel the need to create different traditions for yourself. Focus on what you personally enjoy about the holidays.
2. Avoid the trap of over-indulgence. Whether this means spending, eating, or drinking more than you should, over-indulgence can have implications that last beyond the holiday season. Remember to keep your long-term well-being at the forefront of your decisions. 

3. Navigate overwhelming togetherness. Spending time with people is a hallmark of the holiday season, but this can certainly become overwhelming. Finding a quiet place to breath during a party, leaving early to rest at home, or limiting the number of outings you attend are all great options for ensuring you have time to recharge.

4. Navigate loneliness. Feelings of loneliness can be exceptionally difficult over the holiday season. Doing something special for yourself, volunteering within your community, or reaching out to others in similar circumstances are different ways of combatting feelings of loneliness. If you are struggling, consider reaching out to a Peer Support Warm Line to talk to someone. 

Navigating the holiday season isn't always so straight forward, do your best to be prepared and remember to acknowledge the small things that bring you joy.
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Source: CMHA (December, 2022). Five ways to protect your mental health this holiday. URL: 
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