‘Cheer Up the Blues’ Open House is Thursday

Published 1:46 pm Thursday, December 13, 2018

Perry Wellness Center hosts annual depression awareness event
AMERICUS — If’s its mid-December in Americus, it’s time for the “Cheer Up the Blues” Christmas open house at Perry Wellness Center. This year’s event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 on the Perry Wellness Center campus, located at 302 E. Furlow St., right off Rees Park.
The annual event has been a part of community Christmas celebrations for over two decades. Established by local mental health advocate and Perry Wellness Center founder/CEO Stuart Perry, it has brought community attention to the problem of holiday depression, while providing an inclusive setting for Christmas celebration. Many individuals deal with the effects of seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression associated with shorter periods of sunlight in winter months. In addition, individuals who have an ongoing problem with depression often find that their conditions may worsen during the holiday season, when feelings of stress or social isolation challenge their coping skills.
“Cheer Up the Blues” reminds the community that even times of joy and celebration can be difficult for the friend, neighbor, or colleague in our midst. It encourages people to reach out and provide support to others who may need it during the holiday season.
This year’s “Cheer Up the Blues” offers its traditional array of Christmas activities, including hot chocolate, cider, hot soup, and snacks, Christmas shopping at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, seasonal music and caroling, and a special visit from Santa, who is always willing to pose for a picture with the children. Perry Wellness Center’s award-winning “Frosty the Snowman” float will also be on display on the festively decorated and lighted campus, along with Christmas trees, wreaths, and other signs of the season.
“This week’s ‘Cheer Up the Blues’ event promises to be our biggest and most joyous ever,” Perry promises. “While we educate the public about the reality of seasonal depression, we also like to remind everyone that it is good for all of us to find reasons to celebrate!”
The public is invited to a