Emergence, UTEP Student Athletes team up to share important message about Holiday Blues

With El Pasoans celebrating the Holiday Season, for some of our neighbors, this time of year means a return of the “Holiday Blues.”

Emergence Health Network, together with the UTEP Athletics Department and its student athletes created a video to share with our community about the Holiday Blues, along with tips to get through the tough time.

“Ideally everyone would like to have a happy holiday season, but for some people that is not the reality. There can be anxiety, pressure and tension associated with the holiday season,” said Noreen Jaramillo, EHN Communications Director. “Some individuals may even experience loneness and depression, so we need to keep an eye out for each other.”

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the holiday blues are “temporary feelings of anxiety or depression during the holidays that can be associated with extra stress.”

There is much connected to our holiday festivities that can cause us stress. What to wear? What food to bring? What gifts to get? For some people though, the more pressing question is, “How will I get through the holiday stress and the memories that accompany the season?”

“The mental wellbeing of our community is important every day of the year, but especially during the holiday season when so much is going on and especially as we continue to work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Jaramillo.

Established in 1966, Emergence Health Network is the largest mental health provider in El Paso County. EHN currently has 19 service locations where they assist El Pasoans find resources and treatments to help with their disorders/disabilities and become as independent as possible.

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