Health care workers face stigmatization around mental health, and it is a painful reality ingrained in the DNA of the New York Says Thank You Foundation since its incorporation. In 2021+, we will pay close attention to what strains on mental wellbeing frontline healthcare providers have as they fight against COVID-19.
Nurses, doctors, and frontline healthcare workers don’t just have to deal with physical injuries like cuts or broken bones. They also need mental health assistance from time to time for the stress of their jobs. However, there is a stigma in seeking help which can be seen as a weakness among these professions because they are constantly saving lives on the front lines of hospitals across America every day without taking breaks themselves, so it seems natural to think those brave individuals won’t show any signs of vulnerability by asking for professional counseling sessions too when things get tough at work.
The Covid-related mental health impacts on other vulnerable populations will be with us for years as well. For seventeen years, New York Says Thank You Foundation has uniquely sought to address complex mental health impacts of trauma by empowering survivors. This organization envisions a world where people across the globe seek and are encouraged to assist in healing post-traumatic stress disorder with transformative art that serves as models for others seeking help who have experienced significant adversity themselves.
One way we seek to create a more resilient world is by fostering meaningful human connections. We do this both on an individual level and in communities all over the globe. This enables people who are suffering alone not only to know they’re not forgotten but also that there’s someone out there for them–someone with a shared experience of humanity.”
In what may be the most inspiring project of its type, our Stars of HOPE community-based healing arts program has positively impacted millions’ emotional recovery and resiliency. Our creative team designed a custom art kit distributed to communities in need following natural disasters or human-caused tragedy anywhere on Earth since 2003. Residents were invited to paint their own “Stars” with messages for peace during supervised sessions at local schools, churches, libraries, and other public gathering places near their homes. These beautiful creations are then paid forward to another community where they can serve as symbols of hope from thousands around the world who these tragedies have touched.
Our research-based Stars of HOPE formula is simple:
– We empower anyone to express compassion through creativity.
– And connect with people who need hope – anywhere in the world.
– Stars of HOPE uses art to create a community around a cause.
In the coming years, we will launch a new program, “Heal the Healers,” to help people traumatized by COVID-19. We offer creative workshops and group therapy, which has proven very effective in impacting other illnesses like PTSD.
Stars of HOPE is a nonprofit organization that uses art to create a community around healing. Their Stars of Hope Healing Arts Bus will be traveling the East Coast, and you can sponsor or volunteer with them by creating stars for healthcare workers who continue to help us all through their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.