Wrapping Up 2023 Dear Friend, Fighting for justice and building …
Will you join us?
We believe race and income shouldn’t determine anyone’s future in Long Beach. In our community, everyone should be safe, connected, and healthy.
by Mailea Ang, 2021 CSULB Long Beach Forward Intern
We’re currently living in stressful times, and by now it’s becoming clear just how much this time has affected the mental health of friends, family, our community, and ourselves. Often professional help is not an immediate option so we’ve compiled a list of free resources to help with mental health from home. Although these resources do not replace therapy or other professional help, they can help alleviate the mental tolls this pandemic has taken on us.
Historically, mental health fell victim to extreme stigma and taboo, and even to this day, those stigmas remain and lack consolation for those struggling with it daily. We need to address mental health akin to physical health and practice compassion to support all kinds of people, regardless of gender, race, age, etc. By encouraging open expression, we can normalize conversations about mental health and help those that need it. Overcoming poor mental health is an unseen battle, and if left alone, its results could manifest into behaviors that negatively affect daily functioning. We need to emphasize that reaching out for help doesn’t make you weak or fragile; fighting these battles takes the greatest strength, and people don’t have to do it alone.
Resources include online chat rooms, support groups, free therapy resources, and so on. Additional website links provide general mental health information and strategies that can help calm one’s mind. All of which are available in different languages. Check it out below.
Free “Conscious Cinema” Summer Film Series Lifts Up Historic Social Justice Lessons and Opportunities for Positive Change through Black-Centered Stories Told on the Screen – Long Beach Community is Invited to Participate in Movie Screenings and Intergenerational Dialogue across City to Deepen Understanding and Awareness around Civil Rights Issues from the Past to the Present