Last month, many celebrated Valentine’s Day, except in Islamabad where it’s actually illegal. But perhaps the Islamists are on to something. It turns out the day can be such a downer, especially for young people.
Valentine’s Day at school was great if you were popular but no one wanted to be that kid getting no Valentine’s Day cards. Oh, the humiliation.
Well, it warms my heart to tell you that being stigmatized on Valentine’s Day might be a thing of the past judging by what’s happening at some schools these days.
According to HeatStreet.com, several schools made efforts to comfort lonely-heart students who were “triggered” by Valentine’s Day, fighting back against the trauma by providing everything from counselling to safe-space activities.
One school had therapy dogs for kids to “smooch and snuggle”, yet another invited students to decorate sugar cookies with mental-health professionals.
And one school directed students to online resources where they could learn about “self-compassion and how to treat yourself with kindness, love, and respect, just as you would a friend or a Valentine.”
Did I mention these programs to “de-trigger” students took place at post-secondary institutions? Yes, therapy dogs, colouring books and feel-good Disney flicks were made available to adult students months away from graduating.
How will these scholars cope in the real world where it might take some extra effort to link up with therapy dogs and psychiatrists who like to bake cookies?
And now, with St. Patrick’s Day coming, I hope universities and colleges are reaching out to students who aren't invited to a Saint Paddy’s Day shindig.
We wouldn’t want any members of Generation Snowflake on campus triggered by an absence of green beer.