I smile when people react defensively to the statement, “let’s talk about mental health,” as if it’s something scary, shameful, or unique. It’s not – we’re human; we face emotional, social and physical challenges throughout the day. It is when these issues become overwhelming, prevent us from doing the things we need to do, drain or limit our energy, or interfere with the normal functioning of our lives that they need to be addressed.
Right now, for example, we are experiencing a shared emotional crisis brought on by the prolonged pandemic. The impact shouldn’t be minimized or trivialized – it’s been horrific enough for everyone – but as a board leader at Sacred Heart University, I’m very concerned about how this has affected our students.