Anxiety & COVID-19
Dear Friends and Supporters,
I hope this message finds you and your family safe-doing the best you possibly can at this moment in time. As we pass an entire month of “sheltering in place”, I find my thoughts drifting to so many of you who have touched a special place in my heart. People who have lost a loved one and gave themselves permission to be vulnerable, sharing openly about their grief. I’m grateful to the many communities and schools that took a stand, made a difference, and started the conversation on suicide prevention and mental health. I want to assure you that now more than ever, The Brian Dagle Foundation is dedicated to our community, to be a source of hope, healing, and support in the weeks and months ahead.
Grief support groups are being held via Zoom. I assure you that I am committed to providing a safe space for people to share their losses and find comfort in knowing they are not alone. Having said that, sadly, losses in life continue to happen. New members are always welcome. All groups are listed on the event schedule at brianshealinghearts.org. Private grief support is an option via a phone conversation or Zoom. There is never a fee.
I’ve been working with Schools and Youth Service organizations to provide videos and webinars on suicide prevention and mental health. If possible, use some of this downtime as an opportunity to educate yourself and your community on the risks and warning signs of suicide. Please let me know how I can help.
Finally, I can’t end this message without saying this to all of you. Our minds and hearts are spinning with an overload of information coming at us in all directions. At any given moment, we all are doing the best that we can. Focusing and staying on task is challenging. Collectively we are grieving the loss of our life before COVID19.
Allow yourself to feel whatever you need to feel. Know that sometimes, it’s okay not to be okay. Please be kind to yourself.
It is my hope for all of us, that we will come through the other side. Quoting my favorite bear, “Remember, you are smarter, braver, and stronger than you ever imagined.” – Winnie the Pooh
With hope –
For more resources and inspirational ways to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, please click on the links below.
• Grieving Never Stops
• This Pandemic of Grief
• Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning