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Athens News Matters for December 16, 2023

The holidays can be a time of cheer for many, filled with joyous reunions and festive feasts. For others, however, the holidays can be a time of stress, loneliness, and loss—when mental health can take a serious hit. Last week, we reached out to Doctor Naynette Kennett, Clinical Assistant Professor at the UGA School of Social Work, to discuss best practices for dealing with uncomfortable emotions linked to the holidays.

If you or a loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide or in crisis, help is available. Dial or text 988 to be connected to mental health professionals.

It’s our last show of the year, which means it’s time to celebrate. Each year we ask our hosts, producers, reporters, and friends of the show to pick the holiday jingles that warm their hearts and shimmy their shoulders.

It’s a rare—and sometimes downright silly—peek into the brains behind WUGA News. Feast your ears—it’s WUGA’s 2023 holiday mixtape.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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