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Published: April 16, 2020
A note from Patricia: How about some good news?


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Dear friends,

These days, it seems that everywhere we turn, there’s bad news. And because we’re all so connected through our computers, tablets, and phones, it can feel impossible to escape. Not surprisingly, studies have shown that all this negativity can take a toll on our physical and mental health.

But even during the most difficult times, there’s good news in the world. There are people helping others, beating the odds, connecting in new ways, and making the best out of a bad situation.

Today, I encourage you to take a breath, turn off the bad news for a while, and read through the uplifting stories below. Remember, we will get through this…together.

21-Year-Old Student Makes Face Masks for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

“The lack of masks has prompted people to simply make their own. However, college student Ashley Lawrence noticed that no one’s making masks for the deaf and hard of hearing community. As the numbers of coronavirus cases are rising, it’s important for people to have essential medical items, so Ashley decided to join the cause by making her own masks for those in need.” [READ MORE]

Image of video. Click for full story.WWII veteran recovers from coronavirus just in time for 104th birthday

A “resilient” 104-year-old man who lived through the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression and World War II has now recovered from the coronavirus. William “Bill” Lapschies contracted the virus at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Oregon. He first started showing symptoms on March 5 and been isolated in his room, but…he is considered recovered from COVID-19. [READ MORE]

A Neighborhood Celebrated a Teen’s Last Chemo Session with a Coronavirus-Appropriate Parade

Last June, 15-year-old Courtney “Coco” Johnson was diagnosed with cancer and since then, has endured two surgeries and dozens of chemotherapy sessions. Recently, she completed her final chemotherapy session and got to leave Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for the final time. Because she was unable to have a traditional celebration due to COVID-19, dozens of Coco’s neighbors decided to surprise her with a socially distanced “reverse parade” on her street. [READ MORE]

Smiling woman with dogPet Fostering Takes Off As Coronavirus Keeps Americans Home

“Animal shelters across the U.S. say they’ve placed record numbers of dogs, cats and other animals as people suddenly find themselves stuck at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.” [READ MORE]

Colorado communities continue to show solidarity, howl together at 8 every night

“Growing night after night, neighborhood by neighborhood, men and women, children and dogs join in howling and cheering, to the point where the collective voices weave into an echoing song in the night. While people howl for different reasons, many see it as a chance to celebrate the medical first responders on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis.” [READ MORE]

Good News, Colorado: Social Distancing Is Likely Paying Off

Image of meme with the words we're all in this together“Coloradans have been social distancing to various degrees for about three weeks now in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. For such an active, adventure-loving population, those three weeks have probably felt more like three years. And at this point, we’re all likely wondering: Are these social distancing measures actually working? According to Gov. Jared Polis, the answer is yes.” [READ MORE]

Do you have good news to share about someone who is helping others during COVID-19? Send us a message through our Facebook page. If you don’t have Facebook, feel free to email us at ma*******@th****.org.



Remember, all of us at The Independence Center are here to support you. Just give us a call at 719-471-8181. If you have a more urgent mental health need, call Colorado Crisis Services at 844.493.8255, or text the word “TALK” to 38255.

Stay well,

Patricia Yeager
CEO, The Independence Center

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