This May, during Mental Health Awareness Month and amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, many of us experienced increased isolation and a level of shared suffering. We invited people to answer a simple question: “How are you, really?”
As immigrant students return to school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many are experiencing increased mental stress and significantly limited support resources. We recognize students from all backgrounds might be feeling these emotions; however, BIPOC students and immigrants are at particular risk because of the inequalities prevalent in today’s society.
We are sharing these stories to amplify the injustices immigrants face in our country, while also highlighting their resilience and how many persevere despite these odds. Everyone deserves access to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health care.
Artwork by Brian Herrera
Mental Health Resource Providers
Hear from the individuals dedicating their lives to the mental wellbeing of others.
While many of us have been tasked with staying home over the past few months to slow the spread of the virus, essential workers are at the frontlines keeping our communities safe every day. It is important that we help take care of them, as they have taken care of all of us. See their stories from the front lines, and hear how are staying mentally healthy during this time.
COVID-19 is continuing to affect us all in different ways, and we need to take extra care of our mental health during this time. We thank our Frontline Workers for serving our communities throughout this difficult time and always. As a first responder balancing a high-stakes job and other responsibilities, it can be hard to find the time to care for yourself, but this is a necessity in order for you to keep taking care of others.
Black & Transgender
Black Transgender people hold multiple marginalized identities, which puts them at increased risk of negative mental health experiences. Roughly 48% of transgender adults report that they have considered suicide in the last year, compared to 4% of the overall US population. The Black Transgender community is far too often targets of murder and violent acts, based solely on their identity — and we can no longer ignore the prejudice and racism this community faces on a daily basis.
We’ve partnered with The Okra Project to share and amplify authentic & empowering stories of the Black Transgender community and their mental health experiences. The stories highlight these folks’ resilience and how beautiful it is to be a Black Transgender person. We understand that society’s work is far from over in creating culturally informed, quality mental health equity for all — and we hope these stories will help in our efforts to educate, destigmatize and implement lasting change for the Black Trans community.
The musical community is uniquely positioned to elevate the conversation on mental health, as it has an unparalleled ability to connect to the hearts of others and catalyze change. Musical events strengthen community, build empathy, and most importantly have the capacity to inspire action. As the world takes the necessary precautions to combat COVID-19, members of the music industry have been faced with cancelled tours, festivals, and recordings, adding unprecedented financial and emotional stress to musicians’ lives as well. We’ve partnered with Sound Mind to amplify musicians’ voices as they speak openly about their mental health and how they have found healing through the power of music. There is no single right way to practice self-care; we encourage you to find your own creative outlet to aid in your mental health journey.
Sound Mind Live’s Come Together is a virtual music festival that will take place on 10/8 in celebration of World Mental Health Day on 10/10.
About 20 US Veterans die by suicide each day. The effects of war on Veterans’ mental health most often extend past their time in service, as they suffer from increased rates of Major Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. With effective treatment, we can heal the wounds of our nation’s Veterans.
This Veterans Day, we’ve partnered with The Headstrong Project, an organization providing effective mental health treatment for post-9/11 veterans and their families, to share the stories of Veterans’ mental health experiences and their resilience in the face of often significant hardship and trauma. It is important that we draw attention to these staggering statistics and the difficult transitions that Veterans experience upon their return home – in an effort to educate ourselves, destigmatize the Veteran mental health experience and increase mental health funding & resources for this disproportionately impacted community.
We honor their service, bravery, and the sacrifices they have made for our country.
Interpersonal Violence Survivors
Approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have been sexually abused or assaulted in the US, and ~20% of interpersonal violence (IPV) survivors experience an onset of psychiatric disorders. It can be daunting for IPV survivors to come forward and speak publicly about their experiences for many reasons, including fears of stigma and societal disbelief. It often takes just one person to tell their story for others to relate, feel understood, connect with resources, and even garner the confidence to do the same.
We’ve partnered with RAINN and 1in6 to share the stories of interpersonal violence survivors’ mental health experiences and their resilience in the face of often significant trauma. The stories highlight these individuals’ identification with ‘survivorship’, their enduring resilience and healing journeys. We are amplifying interpersonal assault survivors’ voices in an effort to destigmatize their experiences and empower others to connect with mental health resources and share their own stories in whatever way feels right.