"It's not really about what you can't do. It's about what you can still do. it's about how you can help the other people in your life."By Breckan Erdman Winters, NRCDV Program Specialist

How are you feeling? We are often asked this, and we say “fine.” But this had been a difficult time lately, and emotions can be complex. You may be feeling sad, worried, or stressed.

For many, the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism and other traumas are taking a heavy toll on mental wellness and health. Isolation, collective trauma, and increased stress abound. Throughout the month of May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is sharing the message that you are not alone in order to highlight “the healing value of connecting in safe ways” for Mental Health Awareness Month. They share that “now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay connected with our community. No one should feel alone or without the information, support and help they need.” In fact, community connectedness is a social determinant of health that enhances individual and collective wellbeing, fosters resilience, and promotes prevention.

As we work to dismantle white supremacy and other systems that create and maintain violence, we must invest in efforts to promote healing justice and community care. This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s take action to ensure that everyone has the care and community support they need to thrive.

Take action for Mental Health Awareness Month:

Resources to support your mental wellness and health: