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What COVID Taught Me

Updated: Apr 4, 2022

They say either you’re in adversity, coming from adversity, or walking into adversity. No matter where you are in life or what day it is, adversity is right around the corner. Unexpected situations are going to arise.

The only thing we can control is how we respond.

COVID showed me that we can bounce back. It taught me that regardless of what comes next, we as a people are built to take the punch, make adjustments, and keep going. Our educators and students had to make pivots they wouldn’t have imagined in school, while still dealing with the daily adversity that life brings.

Even though we’re built to handle adversity, it still takes a toll on us. Last week I completed my certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Although I’ve been used as a mental health resource previously, I was reminded of how adversity for our youth can come in the form of trauma, which can manifest itself into harder mental health challenges down the road.

As we prepare to have students regularly back in the classrooms after the bounce back - How are we supporting our students to process the adversity they’ve experienced and will continue to experience when they return to the in-person school environment?

Kam Phillips

Author | Speaker | Financial & Emotional Wellness

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