Ask 2 Live: How to protect your mental health during the holidays and a pandemic

HOUSTON – We’ve talked a lot about physical health since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic, but there’s also been an impact on mental health.

Anxiety, stress, anger or depression -- you or someone you know may be feeling one or more of those emotions.

With the holidays approaching and the pandemic still impacting our daily lives, how can you protect your mental health? What are the signs you or a loved one is struggling with? How can you get help?

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Don’t put off taking care of your mental health any longer.

On Thursday, anchor Kris Gutierrez and health reporter Haley Hernandez moderated an Ask 2 Live discussion with local experts and help answer your questions.


Watch our conversation above on how you can protect your mental health during the holidays and a pandemic

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Our panelists


If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States, 800-273-8255.

If you need immediate assistance for mental health and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities related crisis, please call The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD 24-hour Crisis Line at 713-970-7000, option 1, to speak with a crisis counselor.

Below is a guide provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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