It’s Time We Talk About Mental Health
Content warning: discussion of mental health crises
One thing all the featured Burness parents mention is they cannot wait for the day when all kids are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Until then, they are calling on their community members in and out of school to get vaccinated if they’re eligible. “At the end of the day, what's really needed is a community effort to protect children and those who are immunocompromised,” says Burness parent Katy Lenard.
Isn’t deciding to birth and raise a child the most fundamental reproductive and life-changing choice we can ever make? Why don’t we encourage girls, starting at a young age, to explore different life paths, and not assume that one day they will or will want to become mothers — and normalize the choice not to do so?
We’re at a point in the political discourse where the focus is on getting through the end of the pandemic and how to generate economic recovery while handling the worsening impacts of climate change. Universal health care, Medicare for all, whatever your tagline is for fixing the health coverage gaps—it’s not a political priority. That needs to change.
I hope that this pandemic is a turning point for our society, too. We can’t afford to take nurses for granted. We need to do more than laud them as heroes and need to better support them so we all can have a brighter future.
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