COVID-19’s impact on Vermont’s mental and behavioral health support system has been a double-edged sword. As more Vermonters experience social isolation due to disruption in their normal activities, more are also experiencing severe mental health crises and suicide ideation. At the same time, Vermont’s health system is not robust enough around mental health to handle this new influx, creating a real-back up of patients—particularly young people—in emergency departments waiting to be seen.Read more about "The VT COVID-19 Response Fund Recovery Initiatives: A Q+A on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention"
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Participate in the Good Citizen Coronavirus Challenge
Since 2018, the Good Citizen Challenge has encouraged hundreds of Vermont's K-12 students to participate in civic-themed activities for an opportunity to win prizes and be recognized by Seven Days and its Kids VT publication, the organizers of the initiative. With students stuck at home due to the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont, a new Good Citizen Coronavirus Challenge has been launched to promote safe community engagement during a time of social distancing.
Every Wednesday, a new challenge is announced on the Good Citizen Coronavirus Challenge website. Entries must be submitted by noon on the following Wednesday to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Phoenix Books. At 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, a winner will be drawn during a Facebook Live broadcast through the Kids VT Facebook account. Outstanding entries will also be recognized.
For more information, including Rules, a Contact Us form, and How to Participate, visit Good Citizen Coronavirus Challenge.