Coffee Conversations with Greg J.: Our Mental Health in This Troubled World
Written by Gregory Johnson on May 10, 2020
Conversation with Yeshiva D. Davis, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Whew.. This year has been a doozy for us. Here we are in quarantine…. locked in our homes under Stay at Home orders…. Some of us have been laid off. Some have been furloughed. Some still have to go out into the world and work because we are considered essential workers. We are hearing and seeing death from the virus all around us.
On the other hand, Black people have been seeing unmitigated hate and injustice. We are seeing shootings, We are seeing symbols of white supremacy rearing up. We are possibly fearing for our lives from people who consider themselves superior and only want our extermination.
Under the stay at home orders, we are now forced to be every day all day with our loved ones. This, one could say, is the ultimate test of relationships.
Our mental health is being put to the test. And so we’re going to chat about it with a therapist and learn what we can do to keep our minds in such a time as this. The anxiety is real. Lets talk about it. Wednesday, May 13….
Yeshiva gave us a wealth of mental health resources, here’s a comprehensive list:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) • Online meetings to support mental health https://www.nami.org/Find-Your-Local-NAMI/Affiliate/Programs • Family Support group https://www.nami.org/Find-Your-Local-NAMI/Affiliate/Programs
Therapy for Black Girls – has a list of black therapists and free mental health podcast https://therapyforblackgirls.com/
Therapy for Black Men – has a list of black therapists and other resources https://therapyforblackmen.org/
Free C-19 Anxiety Help https://www.crisistextline.org/
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Alcoholism Hotlines • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Number – 1-212-870-3400 (Leave a message and they will call back from a blocked number. The office is closed because of C-19).
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Links
Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings near you: • Download this Meeting Guide App – https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/meeting-guide Meeting Guide syncs with area, district, intergroup/central offices and international General Service Office websites and provides meeting information from more than 300 A.A. services globally.
Mindfulness & Meditation
• Liberate Meditation App: Meditation for us by us https://liberatemeditation.com/
• Calm App: Free for the first 30 days (has Kumbakah breathing) https://www.calm.com
• Headspace App: Has a free trial https://www.headspace.com/
• Smiling Mind: Meditation for kids and teens (Be prepared, there is no diversity on this website, but it’s still helpful) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaRDbLWeSXE&list=PLp3vpYbUmIqeg4U4YMFpef4HlRle7u29B
• Stop Think Breathe: https://my.life/ They have a free and a paid version. You can watch on Youtube or download the app.