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Mental health resources to uplift and inspire

If the Trees Can Keep Dancing, So Can I: A Community Poem for Coping in Crisis
Audio-clip and text of crowdsourced poem about grief.  NPR’s poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander pointed to Nancy Cross Dunham’s poem, “What I’m Learning About Grief,” and asked that submissions begin with those same words.

Pandemic — a poem by Lynn Ungar, March 11, 2020.
Reframing social distancing as a time to reach out with words, love and heart.

Lessons of Empathy and Uplift from Covid-19
“Look for the helpers,” Mr. Rogers’ mother would tell him whenever his family learned about difficult news. Amid the serious challenges involved with the coronavirus pandemic, the world has many good people who want to help. Helpers might include first responders, volunteers, doctors or community members. All the NewsHour videos in this lesson feature different kinds of helpers, all with uplifting or empathic stories.

A Humble Opinion on a Successful Post-pandemic World
Author Kelly Corrigan relies on a familiar mental exercise when the reality of the crisis feels like too much to handle. She shares her humble opinion on imagining a world after the pandemic — and how the experience might change us.

The Story of Captain Tom
Inspiring story of Capt. Tom Moore, a British war veteran, who at age 99 walked the length of his garden 100 times to raise money for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). He turned 100 on April 30, 2020, having raised more than 30 million pounds. 

Mother and Daughter Brief but Spectacular Moment:  Bonding with Family and Friends During the Pandemic
Medical student daughter and certified nurse practitioner mother reflect on bonding with their family and friends during the pandemic.