With Christmas finally arriving, a number of us are looking forward with great anticipation to visits from family members and friends, manyof whom reside some distance outside the Nakusp region area.
However, seniors in particular are occasionally heard to remark that on occasions such as this and also throughout the winter season it isn’tunusual to experience a change from the usual schedule of activities which we look forward to. This may be partially due to the sudden orunexpected changes which are taking place in almost all our lives these days. Some of us tend to be more subject to feeling a bit low andeven less energetic than usual, for a time.
There are many valid reasons for feeling this way which arise within our lives.
It’s good to remember that we need not feel isolated, alone and without emotional support when dealing with various personal issues.
With that in mind, I recall contacting a representative of an important helping agency known as the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Crisis(telephone) Line and Information Service. This non-profit organization works diligently to update the lists of local community or socialservices, including those within our own area, which have been designed to assist those who are seeking help.
I was assured throughout my conversations with the crisis line representative, that one need not feel isolated and alone when dealing withdifficult life challenges of one sort or another. In fact, this free service is open to residents from throughout the area including Trout Lake,New Denver and Silverton, Arrow Park, Fauquier and Edgewood as well as the village of Nakusp plus all surrounding neighbourhoods.
The crisis line is a 24-hour, confidential phone service which operates seven days a week throughout the year. Trained staff, in addition tolocal volunteers, are available to provide helpful information and encourage assistance in an anonymous as well as confidential mannerregarding the critically important subjects of depression, suicide intervention and prevention.
If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed and need someone to listen and offer understanding in a safe and supportive manner which isboth free and confidential, contact the Crisis Line at 1-800-353-2273 (toll-free).