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Mental health group has a message of hope for SLO County during coronavirus outbreak

Tribune - 3/24/2020

Mar. 24--Transitions-Mental Health Association took the opportunity Friday to update the message board outside its High Street office with a note of encouragement in difficult times.

"We will move through this challenge together," read the marquee Friday afternoon.

The powerful message is meant to help soothe and comfort the community in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak, Transitions-Mental Health community engagement director Michael Kaplan told The Tribune on Friday.

Each week, the group updates its message board to give notes of encouragement to passersby.

Last week, the organization felt it was especially necessary to try to help the San Luis Obispo community as it adjust to the new reality of a global pandemic, Kaplan said.

"It feels like the news is going hyper fast but our lives personally are slowing down," he said. "We just think it is a great opportunity to send messages to the community that are hopeful, that are optimistic, that remind them to take care of themselves, that remind them about important events that might be going on in the community."

Kaplan said Transitions-Mental Health is posting tips on its Facebook page every day on how people can take care of themselves and spend their time while they are sheltering at home.

"And absolutely, let's be kind to each other and let's know that we're all moving through this together," he said. "And we look forward to seeing everybody on the other side."


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