During the pandemic, mental health conversations have become more important than ever. Primarily, my conversations have been with friends and family, but I have had great professors who take into account our mental well-being as well. Ultimately, I encourage myself and those I talk with to make sure they are putting themselves first.
Whether you feel lonely, anxious, sad or confused about the state of the world, it is important to remember that the best way to find a light within the darkness is to trust yourself and ask for help when you need it.
Mental health resources are important so that individuals avoid feeling alone in their struggles. At Georgetown, mental health professionals understand the population they interact with and are well trained to assist students in any situation. It is amazing that Georgetown offers the resources that they do, especially during the pandemic when many students are far away. Knowing that somebody cares and that you aren’t alone in whatever fight you’re in is the most effective path to healing.
To understand and address current social justice issues, I have done my best to educate myself on what is wrong and how to focus on it. With Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice, I have engaged with racial justice dialogues and discussions on issues of similar nature. While we all want change on a widespread level, change starts with us and in our own communities. Learning how each individual can help is the first step toward larger progress. Keeping all of these things in mind, I cope by staying positive and by focusing on my mental health. Music helps too!