Youth Mental Health – A Crisis, but Ending Pandemic Rules Won’t End the Crisis

Youth Mental Health – A Crisis, but Ending Pandemic Rules Won’t End the Crisis

There’s been a lot of talk about youth mental health during the pandemic, including a number of prominent voices raising the alarm about this crisis. There have been almost as many voices suggesting that ending things like lockdowns, mask and vaccine mandates, and just getting “back to normal” will fix this mental health crisis.

I am not one of those voices.

Now let me be clear, I’m not saying that the pandemic hasn’t played a number on mental health for all of us, it clearly has. But, the crisis in mental health for everyone, but especially young people, existed long before COVID-19.

Shared Links (weekly) Feb. 6, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) Feb. 6, 2022

Sharing – Talking Openly About Anxiety

Sharing – Talking Openly About Anxiety

I recently had a conversation with someone dealing with anxiety and trying to learn more about it. She desperately needs to know that what she’s experiencing is something that many other people are going through and have gone through. So, I’ve told her about my anxiety. I’ve told her about the times my brain just won’t turn off, and my heart beats faster for no apparent reason at all. I’ve told her about the days when I struggle to remember things because my mind is racing so fast it doesn’t process things I just heard.

My wife has been there for those conversations. She’s heard me talk about things I’ve not really told her because I don’t want her to worry. Does she worry now? Maybe. Does it really matter to me?

Yes, it does. I don’t want her to worry, but I’ll trade that for letting someone we both care about know that they are not alone. This is why we need to talk about it. No one should feel alone and ashamed about any mental health issues they may be having. There are just too many others having the same ones for there to be room for judgment instead of support.

Every Day Is a Good Day to Talk About Mental Health, but There are Some Upcoming Special Ones

Every Day Is a Good Day to Talk About Mental Health, but There are Some Upcoming Special Ones

I’m a firm believer that we don’t need any kind of special permission to talk about mental health and the stories of people dealing with mental health issues any day that we want to, but I also wanted to bring a couple of special days that are being set aside in Canada and the UK for the purpose.

Shared Links (weekly) Jan. 9 2022

Shared Links (weekly) Jan. 9 2022