You matter: Mental health and COVID-19

You matter: Mental health and COVID-19

As we wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month during this time of social distancing and uncertainty, we encourage you all to remember that you are valued. You, each and every one of you, are the reason we are collectively working to slow the spread of the coronavirus. You are the reason people, are looking for a cure, testing vaccines, sewing mask after mask, and keeping a safe distance when possible. You matter. Whether or not your role in your community is officially an essential service, please remember that you do matter. Maybe you matter because you make beautiful art or because you take care of your pets or your kids or your siblings or your community. Maybe you matter because you remember birthdays or you love to laugh. Or maybe you matter because you are kind, insightful, funny, wonderfully weird, or all of the above. Whatever the reason, you matter. And you knowing that you matter is something that matters to the rest of us. It really does. Research tells us that when youth feel they matter in their communities, they are less likely to engage in risky behavior and their measures of mental and physical health improve. Let’s all learn from this and remember that our individual and collective sense that we matter is an important part of public health. Knowing we matter provides a foundation for self-care and mental health which benefits us not only as individuals but as a collective. When we know we matter, we take better care of ourselves ...
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