When she was 11, Goldie Hawn was terrified of the atomic bomb. It was 1956, and she saw a training film in her fifth grade class about the dangers of a Russian nuclear attack, with screaming mothers, and splattered blood and cities in rubble. She was traumatized.
“I called my mom at work and was still shaking as I told her, ‘Mommy, come home quick! We’re all going to die!’,” she told USA TODAY.
After 9/11, the fear returned.
“And I felt that our children were feeling that, too,” she said. “And that’s when, I don’t know something turned, I knit the American flag. That’s the only thing I could do to find some solace. I knit the flag and I cried and I thought, ‘The world is changing forever.’ And what can I do?
“And, you know the, ‘I’ is like really small. I didn’t know what I could do, but I made a promise to myself that whatever I did do to help, if I helped 10 people, that would be enough. And then at the end of the day, MindUP is what was created.”
MindUp for Life is a 15-lesson social and emotional learning program for schools, created by the Goldie Hawn Foundation in partnership with researchers and scientists, that teaches kids about how their brains work and how to develop optimism and resilience. The program now serves children, parents and educators in 47 countries.
Hawn was worried about kids’ mental health 20 years ago. The problem has only exploded since then.
This week, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy sounded the alarm in a column for USA TODAY Opinion.
“Since the pandemic began, anxiety, depression, loneliness and negative emotions and behaviors have increased among young people,” he wrote. “Imagine a high school with 1,000 students. Now imagine about 450 of them saying they are persistently sad or hopeless, 200 saying they’ve seriously considered suicide, and nearly 100 saying they’ve tried to end their own life over the past year. That is the state of youth mental health in America.”
Read the complete article here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2022/09/23/goldie-hawn-kids-anxiety-depression-suicide-mental-health-issues/8072168001/