Holiday Seasonal Depression: Ways to Support Nursing Facility Residents

December 20, 2023

2 - 2:30 p.m. EST


The fundamentals of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and its effects on holiday depression will be discussed. This training is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of depression, seasonal onset, symptoms, and treatments to support residents experiencing challenges from SAD.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a basic understanding of seasonal depression during the holidays.
  2. Participants will be able to recognize and understand signs, symptoms, and triggers of seasonal depression.
  3. Participants will learn helpful responses to engage with residents.

Speaker: Bryan Stephens, MA, MBA, CPCS, LPC

the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

What We Do

We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.