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Last time when we were all on campus was Jan. 19th and now is May. A lot has happened over the past 4 months, to say the least. May is the month for us to come back to school, and it’s also the Mental Health Awareness Month (I know what some of you might be thinking, but I did not create this month myself. It has been there since 1949.)

 

Why Talk About Mental Health and What Is Mental Health?

The outbreak of COVID-19 has affected every one of us in one way or another. We are now living in this new reality together and it’s important for us to remember that everyone responds to the challenges posed by this new reality differently. During this trying time and always, we want Qibao Dwight to be a stigma-free zone where we accept each other for who we are with open arms and we want to emphasize the importance of mental health, just as much as we do with physical health, and support each other through thick and thin. We talk about mental health a lot but what is mental health?

 

#breakthestigma

As negative attitudes, public and self-stigma over mental health and help-seeking still exist in today’s world, many people who might be struggling refrain from seeking help. For this very reason, we want this mental health month theme to be #breakthestigma, so that no one should suffer in silence because of stigma or fear of discrimination.

 

“Green Ribbon Campaign”

During this May Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to launch the “Green Ribbon Campaign”.

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We would like to encourage all of you to wear a green ribbon, a symbol for mental health awareness, on May 18th , the first day when all of us, teachers and students alike, get back to school to let us know that you are an advocate for mental health and help-seeking. We’ve purchased green ribbons and we are distributing them to each office. We would really appreciate it if you decide to wear the green ribbon for the first week of school from May 18th to May 22nd. In doing so, you are helping our community to talk openly about mental health and challenging the stigma that is sometimes associated with it. Wearing a green ribbon may seem very small and trivial but you are actually making a lasting impact by encouraging others to reach out to you, feel less alone and to seek support.