Taking care of ourselves and each other in response to social injustice
On top of an unprecedented public health crisis that is systematically affecting marginalized communities across the United States, we are also grappling with the collective pain and anguish fueled by the killings of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others.
You may be dealing with a range of reactions and heightened emotions during this time, from sadness and outrage to anxiety, fear, and trauma. We see you and we support you.
These resources are here to help you and members of our community who are deeply affected by these tragedies practice self care as you and they process the many difficult feelings and experiences, and offer guidance for how allies can offer the right kind of support.
Race-based traumatic stress and the need for self-care in the African American community
In this 50-minute video, Dr. Andrea Holman, a Black psychologist and professor who researches the intersection of race and mental health, shares the rationale for self-care and its benefits as well as strategies for how Black individuals affected by recent tragedies can implement self-care and other activities that promote enhanced mental health.
Taking care of ourselves in response to social injustice
Right now it’s especially important to tune into how you’re feeling and how you’re coping, in order to ensure that you’re protecting your mental and physical well-being during an especially difficult time.Download
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, Dr. Andrea Holman, a psychologist and professor who researches race-based stress, defines these terms, presents potential obstacles to effectively pursuing them, and discusses tangible realistic steps for those interested in pursuing racial allyship and advocacy.
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.Download
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.Download
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