Self-Care and Allyship In Response to Social Injustice

2020 was defined by a series of distressing events that upended individual lives and entire organizations. On top of an unprecedented public health crisis that disproportionately affected marginalized communities across the United States and a wave of hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, we have been grappling with the collective pain and anguish fueled by the killings of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans. The anniversary of Floyd’s murder–which sparked a nationwide uprising against racial injustice–is a painful reminder of these tragedies and the work ahead.

During this time, you may be dealing with a range of reactions and heightened emotions: From sadness and outrage to anxiety, fear, and trauma. We see you and we support you.

These resources are designed to help you practice self-care as you process these difficult feelings, and offer guidance for how allies can provide support.

Race-based traumatic stress and the need for self-care in the African American community

In this 50-minute video, Lyra DEIB Program Manager for Workforce Mental Health Andrea Holman, PhD, shares the importance of self-care and specific strategies and activities for Black individuals affected by recent tragedies.

An Overview of Racial Allyship and Advocacy

As awareness of racial injustice increases, a common experience is for people to want to be helpful but feel unsure exactly how to do that. The words “ally” and “advocate” can be difficult to define and understand how they translate to everyday behaviors and interactions.

In this 50-minute video, Lyra DEIB Program Manager for Workforce Mental Health Andrea Holman, PhD, defines these terms, presents potential obstacles to effectively pursuing them, and discusses tangible realistic steps for those interested in pursuing racial allyship and advocacy.

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Walking Upstream — An Overview of Racial Allyship and Advocacy

A companion resource list to the “Walking Upstream: An Overview of Racial Allyship and Advocacy” video that includes books, articles, and videos to continue your learning.

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Self-Care for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Amid Racial Trauma

If you are a member of the AAPI community and experiencing symptoms of stress as a result of recent hate crimes, this is a resource that presents several ways to cope.

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Coping with Distressing Current Events

In this blog post, Lyra Director of Workforce Mental Health Joe Grasso, PhD, examines ways to cope with distressing current events.

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How to Promote Long-Term Allyship, Advocacy, and Antiracism in the Workplace

For many well-intentioned organizations and employees, questions remain about what it means to be an ally to their Black team members, and how to advocate for racial justice. Here are some key suggested steps to decrease feelings of confusion and ineptitude, and empower people to be effective allies or advocates to Black Americans.

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Supporting people affected by social injustice

Colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family members who identify as members of groups that have been targeted can benefit from support and allyship. But before reaching out, understand that our best intentions can sometimes lead us astray. Consider this guidance to offer the right kind of support.


We stand with our Black communities against racism, injustice, and oppression.

For those who have experienced the devastating effects of racial violence, we see you and support you.

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