My COVID-19 Journal – Day 92

Each day there are more and more youth speaking to me about how addiction and drug use has slipped into their lives during COVID-19. Today, I learned from a sixteen year old that it is more common for illegal marijuana to be mixed with “tiny” amounts of fentanyl in Canada than in any other part…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 91

I am remembering last June. One sunny afternoon, I am interrupted by a very rapid, almost urgent knocking on my door. I open the door and there is a very tall, very slender young man in well-pressed but loose trousers and shiny new brown brogues. Whatever he is wearing to finish off this smart outfit…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 88

Strawberry season has started! As we drove back from a drive last Sunday, I noticed that there was a yellow and green farmer’s produce stand open and stopped to buy strawberries. This weekend, I will make strawberry jam. I do this every June, but this year, when nothing has been normal, it is wonderful to…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 85

Today was a two-cup-of-tea day, meaning that I arrived home and needed not one but two cups of tea to be ready for an evening contemplating the remainder of the week. I started the day optimistic, putting on a piece of jewelry for the first time in 85 days. It was a simple pendant I…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 84

I don’t always receive a lot of comments about my blog, but I was surprised to have about a dozen youth get back to me in several ways to give their ideas about what they are going to do to get a “real summer holiday”. I received great suggestions from them and thought I would…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 82, 83

Today I was thinking about how important it is for our mental health in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere to have experienced that “summer holiday feeling”. I am thinking particularly of the youth I know who normally get a complete break in the summer from the demands and worries of school, even when they…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 81

Today I started rereading The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein. I am reading this to remind myself of the qualities resilient people possess. I want to develop ways to help my adolescent patients face a changed classroom when they return to school…