“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness” as the old saying goes. Andrea McGrath believes in lighting a lot of candles. Not only that, she makes them.
Jeri McNulty remembers early on in the COVID-19 pandemic the stress and anxiety attacks that came with shifting her reading classes for young students online, and the general isolation she experienced in her personal life in a remote world.
When Simone Biles, described as the world’s greatest gymnast, announced July 27 she would not be competing in a team event with the U.S. women’s Olympics gymnastics team and the next day withdrew from the all-around final, many people were shocked, but many supported her decision to prioritize her mental health.
A cluttered mind, organization, and depression were challenges that followed Ryan Lynch to Marquette University as a freshman last fall, not to mention the task of navigating life in a new environment in the throes of a pandemic.
The Vatican released a new document “Accompanying People in Psychological Distress in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Members of One Body, Loved by One Love,” which was summoned by Pope Francis to try to imagine a post-pandemic world.
Within nine years, Madison Garrett rose through the ranks to become an Ambassador Girl Scout and earned the program’s highest award for scouts between the ages of 14 and 17 — the Gold Award.
Even with light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel in the form of vaccines, medical experts said the pandemic’s toll on mental health a year into the crisis is significant.
For Donald Hoffman, mental health is nothing to be ashamed of
Hoffman, an Astoria resident, has struggled with bipolar disorder and depression for most of his life, and since 2013, he has received services from Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens’ (CCBQ) mental health and rehabilitation center in Jackson Heights.
Though often associated with yoga mats and bubble baths, self-care also has to do with the spiritual aspect. Two Tablet reporters and one counselor discuss self-care Catholicism, or taking care of yourself, through the Catholic lens.