For many people and for many reasons – including the death of a loved one, job loss, illness, loneliness, and the long, dark nights of winter – the holidays are not “the most wonderful time of the year.” Know that you’re not alone. Help is available.

Find resources in Transylvania County here or call 211.

If you are experiencing a crisis, call 888.573.1006 for behavioral health professionals available 24/7/365 through RHA’s Mobile Crisis Team. This service is free and they will come to you, wherever you are.

Community organizations are also offering events to share hope and encouragement, such as the “Service of the Longest Night” sponsored by St. Timothy UMC and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. (learn more).