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Holiday cheer, happy and warm with loved ones?

Not for some people, for this can be one of the worst times of the year, with thoughts of depression and even suicide when everyone else seems to be content.

Los Angeles County officials want you to know you’re not alone and there is help.

The sheriff’s department and the L.A. County Department of Mental Health are alerting residents to resources available to them if they should feel depressed during this holiday season.

For life-threatening emergencies, residents should call 911, authorities said.

There are also Suicide Prevention and Survivor hotlines that are operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week for residents in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties.

Those hotlines are (877) 727-4747 for English and (888) 628-9454 for Spanish.

Other hotlines include a Substance Abuse Hotline at (800) 564-6600; Veterans Services at (877) 452-8387; National Alliance on Mental Illness at (800) 950-6264 and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center at (323) 993-7400.

—City News Service

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