Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my brothers and sisters of the UAW. Hopefully, everyone has big plans, and you get to enjoy the festivities and your family and friends around this season with all it has to offer. Remember, and be conscious, that not everyone is merry, jolly, nor filled with the Christmas spirit this time of year. Depression, suicide, and an unhealthy mental state, unfortunately, can spike tremendously around the holiday times. Be observant of your fellow co-workers, family members, and friends who may retreat or isolate themselves more than usual around these days and months ahead. Have positive, heart-to-heart conversations to see what may be causing their grief and bringing on their depression. Let them know they are not alone and maybe invite someone who is not a part of your everyday interactions into your fold. Many just want to be heard and know that someone cares and understands why they are in a depressive state. If the individual is contemplating hurting themselves, please encourage them to seek professional help for emotional support. There are all types of free mental health resources throughout the state of Michigan and also other states too. There is a new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline that is 24/7, free and confidential support for individuals in distress, with prevention and crisis resources for them and their loved ones. We all, at some point and time, go through high and low times in our lives. Knowing someone cares, understands, and that there are resources to help lift people up and defuse grieving situations is priceless. May you all be safe and blessed throughout the Holiday season and beyond.