Actions for Everyone
CW: Suicide, depression, mental health
These are trying times. It’s taking a toll on all of us. Give yourself space to feel all the feelings, and know, likewise, are also going through the motions. We will get over this, but we need to feed our patience. What feeds your patience? I feed it with the fajitas I just made, by hanging out with my cats, by doing crafts, by doing absolutely nothing too. The narrative of being productive and “bettering yourself” during this crisis is damaging. It takes away from our patience, it makes it go hungry. Try to step away from this discourse rooted in capitalistic ideals of worth. Being is just fine.
Racial disparities during Covid-19 – Last week, Dr. Fauci, spoke up during a White House briefing about how the inequalities faced by African Americans are affecting the outcomes of Covid-19 infections and death in the community. So far, statistics are showing that African Americans are dying more often from the virus than any sector of society. He brought the issue forward, (which I was really elated to hear, and will probably cost him his job), comparing it with how the HIV/AIDS epidemic targeted the gay community.
- African Americans face higher risk of contracting the virus because they are more likely to be working in essential industries. Only 20% of black workers reported being eligible to work from home, compared with about 30% of their white counterparts, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
- Racial inequities in Healthcare leads to people being more at risk of death because they may be suffering from underlying conditions like diabetes, obesity, heart or lung disease. African Americans are twice as likely to lack health insurance compared with their white counterparts, and more likely to live in medically underserved areas, where primary care is sparse or expensive.
- Racial bias can also affect how African Americans and other minority groups are treated when they are receiving healthcare.
- Food deserts are also more abundant in African American communities.
This article by Vox expands on the topic.
What can we do? When you talk to your officials in congress and your local government, ask them to up the number of tests, ask them what are they doing to help minority groups being affected by the pandemic, vote for candidates that support expanding healthcare. Not only talk to your officials, talk to everyone. Race has to be a topic we talk about with everyone, especially with our white friends and our white colleagues and our white families.
Mental health and Covid-19 – The fear from the pandemic, the isolation and social distancing, the loss of income, the feelings of loneliness, the anxiety of what’s to come, are all things we are dealing with together right now as a society. The pandemic is likely to cause a rise in suicides.
How can you help or what can you do if you or your loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Their website has very detailed articles and lists on how to deal with someone you know being suicidal or for yourself.
Text the Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 (if you live in the US/Canada) and someone will get back to you immediately that will help you with the crisis you are experiencing at the moment. Remember, there is always someone to listen.
Keep an eye on your loved ones. Don’t forget to check up on the ones that seem alright. It’s a hard time for everyone. Be compassionate with yourself and with others.
And here are the Things That Made Me Laugh this week:
This woman who is giving free ASL classes from home