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One of the mental health benefits of taking a vacation may be that travel helps depression. In 2019, 6.5% of American adults reported symptoms of depression, but by the end of 2020, that number jumped closer to 30%. Research suggests that vacations may reduce depressive symptoms. One study on lawyers specifically found that vacations can significantly decrease depression and are more effective in reducing symptoms than passive leisure activities.

Decreased depression The University of Pittsburgh's Mind Body Center surveyed some 1,400 individuals and found that leisure activities – including taking vacations – contributed to higher positive emotional levels and less depression. The benefits of vacationing also extended to lower blood pressure and smaller waistlines.

Along with the direct mental health benefits of vacation time, taking a trip with your family or significant other may also help strengthen your relationships. Whether you take a solo trip to recharge or go on a family vacation to reconnect, both types of vacation may help your relationships and consequently your mental health.

Improved productivity – The professional services firm Ernst & Young conducted an internal study of its employees and found that, for each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent, and frequent vacationers also were significantly less likely to leave the firm. Additionally, research by the Boston Consulting Group found that high-level professionals who were required to take time off were significantly more productive overall than those who spent more time working.


  • You must travel between December 17, 2022 and January 2, 2023.

  • You may gift your sponsored flight. However, each passenger must submit a separate 2022 HOLIDAY FLIGHT SUBMISSION FORM which will be provided in your confirmation email once you submit your donation. 

  • The person donating towards their sponsored flight must be an active member of AUSV. However, you can gift to non-members if you wish to do so. 

  • You must submit your flight request no later than November 16, 2022. 

  • AUSV will book your flight on Alaska, American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, and United for this holiday season. 

  • A $200 donation is required to secure one (1) roundtrip flight. AUSV will sponsor the remainder cost of your flight as a part of our mental health and public health program under Unexpected Voices. 

  • You can travel to and from anywhere in the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. 


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