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Tips for Coping on Valentine's Day
Pompton Plains, NJ, February 1, 2006 -- St. Valentine's Day is traditionally celebrated as a day to send and receive chocolate, flowers and love notes, but can be a difficult time for those who are feeling lonely or experiencing loss. Whether your loved one is away, you are recently separated or divorced, or still searching for that someone special, getting through the sentiment of February can prove itself a challenge.
"February is a tough month, particularly for many in the North who miss the sun and its psychological benefits," said Michelle Borden, MSW, LCSW, Associate Executive Director, NewBridge Services, Inc. "Valentine's Day can intensify 'blue' feelings for those who will not celebrate with a loved one."
For those feeling blue at the sight of pink hearts and red roses, Borden suggests that one way to feel better is to reach out to another person who might be having a difficult time this Valentine Day or is feeling lonely or distant from family and friends.
"Soldiers, residents of nursing homes or patients in hospitals are all people who would enjoy a card," said Borden. "They don't need to know you; they just need to know someone out there cares about them. And in doing something kind for another person, you will likely feel better inside."
If you believe your feelings are more than simple blues and you might benefit from having someone to talk to, NewBridge can help. In Morris County call (973) 316-9333, in Passaic County call (973) 728-3938, or call toll-free at (888) 746-9333.
About NewBridge Services
NewBridge Services, Inc., a non-profit community organization founded in 1963, provides innovative mental health, substance abuse, housing, children’s and senior services and education programs. Whether dealing with stress, grief, or substance abuse or in need of parenting, relationship or caregiving advice, NewBridge offers counseling programs, educational forums and life-enriching services to help people bring balance to their lives. For more information call 973-839-2520 or click here.
Contact: Patty Colvin
973-839-2521 x 259