“Name one thing about yourself that you’re proud of.”
It’s one of the first things our health centre staff ask youth when doing intake at Covenant House. It’s a small but important reminder of the resilience and worth everyone has.
But self-pride and strength can feel far away when struggling with a history of trauma and abuse, which often results in mental health struggles.
Maria, our mental health and substance use counsellor, connects with youth about their self-worth and the value of accepting support.
“[Youth who come to Covenant House] have usually been hurt so many times that it can be terrifying when someone shows they care. They may have heard that tape of ‘You’re not worth it’ their whole life. Our job is to replace it with, ‘Yes, absolutely, you are worth it.’”
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