Sigma Beta Hosts Affirmation Station

November 12, 2021 Sarah Harbison

Sigma Beta, a student-led social club at Hardin-Simmons University, hosted an event to express gratitude to Abilene’s healthcare workers. Sigma Beta set up an affirmation station on campus that provided supplies for HSU students to write notes of encouragement to local healthcare workers.

The affirmation station provided supplies to send a thank you card to healthcare workers.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many have struggled with mental health in a world that seems to never slow down. Healthcare workers have borne the burden of this pandemic more than anyone else. According to Mental Health America, “93% of health care workers were experiencing stress, 86% reported experiencing anxiety, 77% reported frustration, 76% reported exhaustion and burnout, and 75% said they were overwhelmed.” To help provide encouragement, HSU’s Sigma Beta decided to hold an event called, “The Affirmation Station.”

Sigma Beta President, Christopher Beavers ’22, described the importance of this event by saying, “This event is important because it allows us to let healthcare workers know how important they are. Many healthcare workers and long-term healthcare workers work day in and out to provide for many individuals. Affirmation is very important for individuals, and it provides a sense of comfort and care.”

Sigma Beta, also known as Phi Alpha Honor Society, is a social organization focused on promoting humanitarianism, human and civil rights, and social and economic justice through participation in chapter projects, events, and activities. HSU’s Sigma Beta is comprised of honors social work students who long to make a difference in the lives of others.