With coronavirus occupying national and local news, it has become increasingly difficult to distance oneself from the news of the pandemic. The CDC explained that the stress accompanying the virus can cause a plethora of mental health issues and describes methods for coping with these anxieties.
While the coronavirus pandemic has brought a focus to believing and understanding science as it pertains to physical illness, many movements are simultaneously working to break the stigma surrounding mental health (especially in times of crisis).
The best way to combat these anxieties and break the stigma surrounding mental health comes in the form of community efforts and resources for those not feeling mentally well. Access recently held a podcast with Citiesrise, a global campaign reforming the way we talk about mental health. Citiesrise is working in Sacramento and 4 other cities all around the world to build community networks helping youth get involved in mental health reform advocacy.
The coronavirus outbreak has made many disparities in healthcare and especially mental health painfully evident. The first of these disparities comes for undocumented folks across the country. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that despite gains following the Affordable Care Act, people of color are still more likely to be uninsured. This is even more true for undocumented community members who may not qualify for programs like Medicaid. All of these anxieties can contribute to community mental health struggles.
Another important intersection with mental health struggles is that of the LGBTQ+ community. A Human Rights Campaign Survey in 2017 found 28 percent of LGBTQ youth — including 40 percent of transgender youth — said they felt depressed most or all of the time during the previous 30 days (as opposed to only 12 percent of non-LGBTQ youth).
Given these statistics, there are a plethora of community mental health resources for LGBTQ+ folks (specifically youth) and these resources have become increasingly important in times that can be universally mentally taxing.
The Mayor’s Office for civic engagement compiled resources for those who are feeling down that can be found here.
Citiesrise has also compiled resources for folks struggling amid COVID-19 and those can be found here.
Resources for LGBTQ+ folks can be found here.
Resources for undocumented community members can be found here.