What about the children? Pt. 2

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We often forget, as the more mature adults we consider ourselves to be, to think of the little ones. The children whom heavily rely on our understanding of the world, when we ourselves minimally question our behaviors but defend adamantly with an unwavering confidence. But how much of our claim of protecting children is actually true?

Does our empathy have a limit? 

As apathetic as it may sound, the answer is a resounding yes. 

Thought #8: We NEED more help

During my transitional period of post-graduation into the real world, I decided to test out other aspects of psychology rather than the traditional path of higher education blah blah blah. I began working for the largest psychology non-profit in the country (part-time) and would volunteer at another mental health non-profit near me. My volunteering consisted of: 

  • Sitting at a desk, answering calls for consecutive hours
  • Lingering, waiting for someone to give me a ring

And as dull as it may sound, it wasn’t. If anything, it was one of the most constructive experiences of my brief life. Because these calls left me feeling an overabundance of strong emotions but allowed me to be aware of a massive, not often discussed, issue we have.

The HelpLine is a free national service in which anyone in need of mental health resources, assistance or simple conversation can call. Most calls consisted of patients, parents, or friends looking for resources pertaining to finding a nearby psychiatrist, mental health insurance, or clinics. Simple, easy search in our resources binder. 

But the other calls.