In Conversation with Debbie Mason of Tidewell Foundation, Inc.

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Tidewell Foundation, 3550 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239 941-552-7546. https://tidewellfoundation.org/

In the July/August 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Debbie Mason, Tidewell Foundation, Inc. President and Executive Vice President of Tidewell Hospice as part of our In Conversation feature about nonprofit leaders. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Mason shares her insights with SRQ readers on community growth and changes.

How have you been dealing with the rise in mental health issues that have come out of the pandemic?

Well, I'll give you some examples from our Blue Butterfly program. For kids who lost a parent or a sibling during the pandemic, it's hard when you go back to school because kids don't understand. But it's harder when you're stuck at home in isolation and you have no friends that you can talk to or share that pain with, and you're just in your family unit. We did continue to offer grief support and we would let families come to the grief center for help. We would also help them over Zoom. It's not the same as our core program where we break kids in age-appropriate groups and they can be together peer to peer for additional normalization and support. But at least it was something. Kids are really struggling with so many issues right now societally anyway. Then to layer COVID into it and then to layer a family death into it, those kids are having a tough time. There's no way to be Pollyanna about that.

Tidewell Foundation, 3550 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239 941-552-7546. https://tidewellfoundation.org/

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