(Springfield, Mo.--02/12/18) While Valentine’s Day is a celebration for some it may be a cause for depression for others.
While many celebrate the Hallmark holiday in a variety of ways, an entirely different demographic exists, one that seeks to personally redefine the day altogether
"It makes you feel worse. It makes it highlight your depression, it just gives you another reason why you feel like life isn’t worth living sometimes," explains Stephanie Appleby, Director of Marketing and Development with the National Alliance of Mental Alliance of Southwest Missouri.
Appleby believes there is a connection between depression and suicide, and the day of love only brings awareness to those who feel lonely.
"I think that you’re coming into a time for Valentine’s Day and you don’t have that, you don’t have that support system in place, I think that the pressure put on by society can really exasperate the symptoms of your depression."
What is for some a chance to celebrate true love is, for others, a difficult time that can bring on feelings of loneliness and depression.
"Our calls increase this time of year and we hear it every single time, “It’s Valentine’s Day, I don’t have anybody to do anything with, I’m depressed, I mean it really sheds a light on a lot of things that people are struggling with."
Although Valentine's Day is just one day out of the year meant to remind people of the love around them, Appleby encourages people to call someone and let them know they're valued every day.
"This is a good time to remind them that you care about them, that you love them, when they maybe not in a relationship with someone that they’re important to you."
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