During this time of year, we typically see a rise in depression, anxiety, suicide and people struggling with their emotional well-being. In my work with teens, we’ve seen the number of kids needing counseling triple since the pandemic. And the alarming thing is that there are probably many more who are not okay but haven’t yet reached out for help. When you’re not okay, the first step is to realize something is wrong and to reach out for help. Maybe it’s talking to a friend or seeing a therapist. There is nothing wrong or abnormal about making sure your emotional health is strong. Seek help from those who are trained to help you heal.
If you are okay at the moment, check on those around you. Depression and anxiety knock on doors of all races, classes and across the world. Be gracious and give people space to process their emotions. Sit with people in their times of distress, anguish, worry or grief. Give hope through your presence.
Many people have suffered unimaginable grief and loss in 2020 because it’s been a year filled with many ups and downs. Take time to make sure you’re okay and not just going through the motions of life. Make sure those around you are okay. Let’s end 2020 emotionally strong and filled with hope for what is to come.