The Need for Purpose and Distraction
COVID-19 has disrupted everyone's life. Some have been more dramatically effected than others. Psychologists say we are social creatures. Everything about us was designed to be with groups of people. When we are missing connection with others, it can lead to mental health troubles such as anxiety and depression.
For many, COVID-19 quarantines have disrupted their goals. We need purpose in order to live happy lives and sustain our mental health. The quarantine has put many dreams on hold. Others are struggling to keep their dreams alive in this turbulent market, from nonprofit organizations to small businesses to restaurants.
Even for those of us who are able to get by working online from home are stuck looking at the same four walls all day and everyday. People are designed to solve problems and to be surprised, even in small ways. Variation is important for mental health, even variation is as routine as going to work. This is why some people have found a way to cope with the COVID-19 quarantine by exercising or getting a house pet.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Nathon Kong works closely with artists who have a mental health trouble through our collaboration with Les Impatients, donating 10% of profits to Les Impatient to give back to the community and support the cause of mental health.
As Nathon Kong expressed during an interview with CTV, it is okay not to be okay. We should all be able to accept others when they are having mental health difficulties and to accept ourselves when we need help. Everyone, today more than ever, have experienced moments of loneliness, anxiety, and depression. We can all relate to these feelings.
The reason why we incorporate the artworks of artists struggling with mental health is so our customers can form a meaningful relationship with what they wear through the story the art expresses.
- Psychosocial telephone advice and referral : Info-Social 811
- Province-wide suicide prevention hotline
- Telephone - 1 866 APPELLE or 1‑866‑277‑3553
Tel-Écoute – Ligne Le Deuil
- Deuil-jeunesse: Telephone consultation, individual and family interventions for both adults and children.
- Crisis help line: Community organization that supports people experiencing emotional distress.
Québec telephone crisis lines
- Locate a Québec telephone crisis line in your area at www.lignedecoute.ca (in French only).