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Navigating the Holiday Blues: A Be Mindful Xtra Report

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Whether it's the weather, the season or just the time of year — folks can start to feel a little down around the holidays. This week, ABC-7 looks into how to navigate negative feelings in the holiday season.

ABC-7's dedicated mental health correspondent, Avery Martinez, guides us through some surprising facts and figures about mental health in the holidays. It's the latest in-depth feature from our continuing Be Mindful program, brining mental health coverage across the Borderland.

During this report, Avery will guide us to experts giving us insight on how children might feel anxious at the holidays, the importance of noticing coworkers -- and some stats to show you're not alone in your frustration or loathing of long-lines.

The Holiday Season is merry, but it's OK to feel blue. IF you need some mental support this holiday season, check out these resources:


There are a number of options for mental health support that are available 24/7.

  • 988: The National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - Anyone can contact the Crisis line through phone, text or message any time, for any mental distress.
  • EHN Crisis Hotline: (915-779-1800) - Staffed by locals, and a constant resource in El Paso, Emergence Health Network's hotline has specialists ready to hear you out.
  • Emergence Health - EHN is able to offer many different forms of support for mental health and wellness. From pet therapy to addiction treatment.
  • NAMI El Paso - As part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, there are some options listed on their website for support and connection. NAMI is focused on providing support to anyone with any sort of mental illness.

Avery Martinez covers mental health in the Borderland as part of ABC-7’s Be Mindful initiative. He is also a Report for America corps member. RFA places talented, emerging journalists in newsrooms like ABC-7’s to report on under-covered issues and communities. Report for America is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award-winning nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to rebuilding journalism from the ground up.

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