Coping with the Holiday Blues

Often touted as the "most wonderful time of the year," the winter holidays can also be a time of sadness for individuals and families grieving the loss of a loved one, living with a chronic illness, facing financial burdens, or simply overwhelmed by the many expectations of the season. These challenges will be exacerbated by the isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic. Begin your holiday preparations with NAMI Central Texas as we share tips and tools for coping with the holiday blues.


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Karen Ranus

Executive Director, NAMI Central Texas

Karen Ranus has served as the Executive Director of NAMI Central Texas (previously NAMI Austin) since 2014. She sits on the Travis County Behavioral Health & Judicial Advisory Committee, the Travis County Psychiatric Stakeholder’s Group and the Steering Committee for the Austin State Hospital System Redesign. Karen has developed and implemented mental health programs to address the needs of faith communities, law enforcement, workplaces and parents of teens. She believes in the power of storytelling to engage people in important conversations on mental health, and often shares her own family's story to help others overcome the shame and stigma still prevalent in the community and to help create systemic change.

Rachel Cypert, MS, LPC

Say More Austin

Rachel has worked in the mental health field since 2002, helping people with HIV & AIDS, Legal Guardianship, Domestic Violence, Homelessness, Addictions, Sex Education, Acute Psychiatric Clinical Assessment, families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as individuals, couples, and families seeking to improve their relationships and quality of life.
Rachel is interested in working with individuals, couples, and families. This includes women of all ages and life stages; single parents, working moms, fertility issues, brides, couples experiencing stress or relationship changes, and elderly persons interested in exploring relationships and end of life decisions.

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