Updated Information about Peer Health and COVID-19
The Peer Health Educators are Bates students who are passionate about a range of health and wellness topics. With Bates transitioning to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Educators know that health and wellness work remains incredibly relevant. During this time of transition and uncertainty, the Peer Health Educators aim to further develop the community’s understanding of health and wellness while simultaneously fostering social connection and community.
Bates Peer Health Instagram Takeovers
Over the next few weeks, be on the lookout for Peer Health Educators taking over the Peer Health Instagram (@batespeerhealth) for engagement with:
- Establishing a routine
- Social connection
- Self care
- Gratitude and kindness lists
- and more!
Physical distancing does not have to mean social isolation and staying connected during this time is important for maintaining a sense of community and for emotional well-being (“Stress and Coping”, CDC). Peer Health has created a pen-pal program to keep the Bates community together in our time apart and facilitate social connection. We understand that anxiety and stress are natural responses to this sense of uncertainty and upheaval, but focusing on what you do have control over, such as staying connected to people, can help to maintain and promote positive mental health. Writing handwritten letters has also been shown to support social connection and decrease loneliness (Nobel, 2018). If you have an interest in meeting a new Batesie, putting pen to paper, and maybe picking up a new hobby, sign up here by April 9th!