Welcome to the Weekly Well-Being Connection! Each week we will share advice from our clinical experts on ways to care for your mental health and well-being throughout COVID-19.
Tragically our country is wading through the sadness of yet another unjust killing of a person of color as well as the culmination of the Derek Chauvin trail. For the The Well-Being Connection this week, we want to remember how vital it is that we, as a diverse community, continue to reach out to one another, acknowledge the collective trauma, and offer support to those who do not have the privilege of pushing these events to the backs of their minds.
We also want to share the gentle reminder that whatever you are feeling right now is completely understandable. During intense events we all have a range of emotional reactions and these reactions may be different than the reactions of those around us. And, that is ok! One of the most important things I have learned is that when the situation around us is abnormal, chaotic, or out of control, any reaction we have is natural and understandable.
The Colorado Spirit team at AllHealth Network’s hope for you is that you can find time and space to engage with people and practices that are meaningful to you. We encourage you to listen to your own wisdom about what you need in the moment and give yourself exactly that. Please be mindful about how media consumption is impacting you and step away from the news and social media if that helps you (It usually helps most of us!). Allow yourself to rest or be active if that is what you have the urge to do. If you feel like being alone, take that time. If you feel like talking, reach out to supportive others.
Here are some additional resources that might be helpful:
- 10 Mental Health Resources For POC Struggling Right Now
- NAMI Resources For The BIPOC Community During The Chauvin Trial
- Mental Health America – Racial Trauma
- American Psychological Association – We Must Unmute
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For information about other services at AllHealth Network or to get connected with ongoing behavioral health support, please call: 303-730-8858.
AllHealth Network is continuing to provide service via telehealth or by phone and our Crisis Walk-in Center remains open 24/7. To learn more about what other community mental health centers are doing, please visit The Colorado Behavioral Health Council COVID-19 website.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and are in need of immediate assistance, please call the Colorado Crisis Hotline at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.