By Dr. Mi-Kyong Kwon
Founder & Director
HopeSpring Child & Family Clinic, LLC
Dear HopeSpring communities,
HopeSpring understands this unexpected situation has impacted on everyone’s life. We would like to share what we learn from the COVID-19 despites of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, depression, and confusion.
We learned that we are all connected. Regardless where it started, one’s life impact on another’s life, and one country impact on another. Even if the COVID-19 has challenged us, we as humankind are standing up together and fighting back together without avoiding.
This COVID-19 has not stopped us from our mission of providing mental health cares for people who are in need the most during this challenging time. This COVID-19 has not stopped us from our beliefs of connection. This COVID-19 has not stopped us from our choices and responses to an unexpected event.
Even if we practice social distance and home quarantine for better, we are connected psychologically and spiritually. Even if you may think you are alone, please remember that there is someone who thinks about you and pray for your well-being.
Fear is a natural response to an unexpected situation, and we are all embracing it. Even if we do not know how long and why, we are doing what we can do at our own places.
Parents provide structures for home school, teach life skills, and spend quality time with their children. Teachers work hard to provide online resources for students. Helping professionals like doctors, nurses, and mental health professionals provide medical care for people with physical and mental needs. All community volunteers raise their voices via social media to help other neighbors who may need grocery shopping, medicine picks up, etc. Many families support local businesses to share kind and encouraging notes, buy gift cards for later use, online ordering, etc.
Let’s remember how we respond to this pandemic. Let’s help all of us to remember how we respond to this COVID-19 instead of how it fears us.