Several days ago, President Biden reconfirmed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month for 2021. In his announcement, the President also acknowledged that the “COVID-19 pandemic has not only negatively impacted many people’s mental health but has also created barriers to treatment’. He explained that mental illness was on the rise even before Covid and that we need to treat this as a public health crisis as over 52 million Americans experienced some form of mental illness in 2019. Mental illness is not limited to adults either. Over 10% of youth reported severe depression. And many of the people living on the streets are affected by mental illness as well. This mental health crisis did not happen overnight but began when funding was cut [...]
Many people give back during the holidays whether they volunteer at a soup kitchen, contribute to their favorite charity, or provide a gift basket to a family in need. However, after the new year, many of us go back to our regular routine and feel like we’ve already done our part. And while the holiday season's effort is much appreciated, many people will need help long after the festivities are over. 2021 will be a very different year for millions of people. The pandemic has left much of our service economy in a terrible state, along with the workers that gained their livelihood from restaurants, retail stores, hotels, etc. There are direct results for every business that closes, and then all the other trickle-down [...]
Probably one of the hardest things about this pandemic is being forced to quarantine away from loved ones physically. And while wearing a mask can be tiresome, it's merely a minor inconvenience. Whereas missing out on seeing your grandkids grow up is something altogether different. It can be downright painful. However, although you may be physically distanced, that doesn’t mean you have to be emotionally distanced. Thank goodness for video chats! But why stop there? Why not try a few projects that can help you stay connected and have fun in the process? FirstLantic has some ideas that can bring you and your grandkids together even while you are physically apart. Make a scrapbook – Because everything in our life is digital these days, [...]
Remember that famous novel, Love in the Time of Cholera? Well, this blog is sort of about the same thing except it’s not necessarily about love and it has nothing to do with Cholera. So, it really isn’t the same story exactly, however, dating is involved which could lead to love. And if love does evolve, we could always change the name to Love During the Time of COVID-19, although that title may not necessarily appeal to a mass audience. Anyway, we digress. Our FirstLantic blog this week is about dating during a pandemic, staying safe while dating, and some tips on how you still might be able to find “the one.” Number 1 – Test the Waters If you are like many [...]
Loneliness has become an epidemic with more than three in five Americans feeling lonely. COVID-19 has certainly not helped. However, there are ways to combat loneliness and some of them are surprisingly high-tech. Here are ten suggestions that can help reduce those feelings of isolation.