Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to take advantage of the free counseling offered at my school. Having grown up in an impoverished community, the service was necessary to help me process the traumas that come with being poor. With many schools remaining closed due to covid-19, access to counseling and therapy is contingent on financial privilege; not everyone can afford therapy, let alone Internet access for online mental health services. Poor kids need a space to process their feelings, and that space shouldn’t be “pay-to-enter.”

I’ve been using public transit during the pandemic. I’ve encountered more harassment than ever before.

I feel more exposed, with fewer people to turn to

I started working from home years before coronavirus. Here’s how I found balance.

I split my days between business and life tasks

I was tempted to publicly shame people who don’t wear masks. I tried this instead.

I found myself full of bitterness toward those who weren’t taking coronavirus seriously