“Throughout Christmastime and over the holidays, families and friends are gathering to celebrate the season. However, this time of year can also be more stressful or lonely. Some may face increased levels of depression or anxiety. No matter what mental health challenge you face, you are not alone, and help is available.

“At any time, you can call or text Alberta 211 or chat online to get connected with services close to you. Alberta 211 is available 24-7 and in more than 170 languages over the phone.

“For Albertans suffering from the deadly disease of addiction, they will be able to continue accessing same-day, no-waitlist, life-saving treatment medication through the Virtual Opioid Dependency Program online or by calling 1-844-383-7688.

“Throughout this season, take time to lend support to your family, friends and neighbours, as they may also be seeking support for mental wellness or addiction recovery.

“From my family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas, happy holidays and happy new year.”  

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