The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that 43 to 48 percent of the nation’s youth, ages 16 to 24, admitted to having symptoms of depression and anxiety. COVID Recovery Iowa’s goal is to reduce that number and they have partnered with American Idol 2018 winner, Maddie Poppe, and the iconic Iowa Cubs mascot, Cubbie Bear, to help spread the message that help is available.
Poppe and Cubbie Bear appear in a special informational video that is being distributed to 300 youth programs across the state. “COVID Recovery Iowa continues to provide emotional support to youth and their families through virtual support groups, story hours, self-care programming and many positive activities on a variety of social media platforms,” says Child and Family Team Leader, Mandy Gesme. “We are here to help all Iowans as we recover and begin to figure out how best to reconnect with people and activities that impact our well-being. We want to help youth decrease their anxiety in part by encouraging them to be kind and patient with themselves and others as we navigate how to move forward.”
“I know that this past year has been a year of challenged for everyone, including me in the music industry,” says Maddie in the spot. “But I want you to know that it’s OK to reach for help when you need it. And I hope that you guys have a safe and fun summer, and if you need emotional support in times like now you can go to CovidRecoveryIowa.org