In Response to Recent Tragic Events
Updated: Jan 29
I am at a loss for words due to the tragic events we've witnessed these past months, and so I am borrowing some from Michelle Obama. In her book, Becoming, she wrote, "grief and resilience live together." I would like to echo this sentiment & provide some tools for resiliency. Below are a few resources I have gathered to foster healing, no matter where you are in the process.
The CDC created this resource to support emotional health after a disaster or trauma.
Take a break from the news or social media if you notice you're feeling on edge & anxious about recent events.
Try the free meditation, "A Meditation for Processing Tragedy," from Headspace. The entire series, Support In Challenging Times, is free on YouTube.
Check out this article from PBS kids for advice on helping children cope with tragic events in the news.
For People of Color
Check out The Safe Place, a free smartphone app focused on psychoeducation and self-care for BIPOC mental health.
Explore this article on Four Ways People of Color Can Foster Mental Health & Practice Restorative Healing.
For White People
Please explore Samata Health's blog post, Vicarious Racism Explained, to better understand the experiences of people of color after a traumatic event, such as the recent incident in Buffalo. If you appreciate that article, I encourage you to read more about its author, Nia Heard-Garris, a Doctor and Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan.
If you're having strong feelings of White Guilt, check out this podcast episode of Dear Sugars, which discusses what you can do about it.