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The COVID-19 global pandemic has been strongly affecting the mental health of the general population worldwide, according to research studies.

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In addition, the social impact on children should not be overlooked — especially for those living in conditions of economic and educational disadvantage.

It seems everyone in some way has been negatively affected by mental health issues, especially during the midst of this pandemic.

Those needing specific resources and specialized help locally continue to be in desperate need of a mental health center with their well-being in mind.

It is vital Windsor adopts a mental health emergency center for urgent situations pertaining to mental health crises and separate them from providing other emergency room patients their own physical care.

Separating emergency room patients from mental crises patients will not only allow nurses and doctors to focus on those with physical health emergencies, but also give a safe place for all individuals suffering mental health issues the type of care they need.

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This initiative I fell will benefit our city of Windsor.

Since the beginning of the global pandemic, individuals of all walks of life have suffered mentally. Being separated from family and limited interactions with the outside are just two ways that contributed to this mental happiness decline.

This initiative will provide specialized and individualized mental health support and services. It is my hope writing this letter will help increase awareness of the huge decline in mental health and our need to act.

Alyssa TesolinWindsor

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