July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care. With COVID-19, the injustices of African Americans, and the unpredictable nature of life there’s an increase need for everyone to check in on their mental health.
Before quarantine, I had monthly sessions with my therapist and felt like I had my mental health in check. During my first virtual session in March, I remember feeling optimistic about my time at home. “I finally can deep clean , complete some projects at home, and catch up on rest”.
However, after a month of being at home alone I noticed I was having crying spells , feeling of exhaustion, loneliness, and anxiety. Everyday was feeling like Groundhogs Day and my moods were up and down. I wanted to get away but felt mentally trapped. Since, quarantine I have increased my therapy sessions to bi-weekly.
Your mental health matters and I have included some resources below. Please note these resources can help you find a therapist if needed.