Mese Stewart PWC Christmas photoIt’s that time of year again – “Cheer Up the Blues” is here!

On Thursday, December 13, from 5:3e0 to 7:00 p.m. Perry Wellness Center will host its annual Christmas open house. As always, it will feature such seasonal activities as Christmas shopping at the market, live music and caroling, and a visit from Santa. Hot chocolate, cider, and freshly made soup will be served, and visitors can enjoy a troll around the campus, where they can see the “Frosty the Snowman” float that just won first place in the downtown Americus Christmas parade.

Begun over 20 year ago, the “Cheer Up the Blues” event was established by Stuart Perry to publicize the problem of holiday depression. Bouts of depression during the winter season can be a result of seasonal affective disorder, a condition brought on largely by a deficit of sunlight. Chronic depression can also increase during the holidays, when individuals with mental illness may experience increased social isolation and stress.

“This week’s ‘Cheer Up the Blues’ event promises to be our biggest and most joyous ever,” Stuart 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 attend, so if you are in the area, please stop by. Enjoy some cocoa and the smiles of individuals like staff member Mese Stewart, standing at the festively decorated front doors of the center.

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