community

community care in the time of covid-19, part 2

During the COVID-19 pandemic, mutual aid groups and other volunteer-led organizations have sprung into action, creating neighbor-to-neighbor networks of assistance to take care of people, providing food, medicine, and more where the government has failed to respond to the crisis. One year after the shutdown, Cell Vision correspondents Michelle LoBianco and Lily Reszi Rothman are traveling to groups across New York City sharing photos, words from the people doing the work, and ways that you can donate or get involved. In Part 2 of a four-part series, they visit Red Hook Art Project, the Council Of Peoples Organization, and Supper Collective.

Find the story here.

mental health resources

BIPOC-Focused Mental Health Resources

our aim is to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness. today, we're taking a look at some incredible BIPOC-focused mental health resources.

in just a year, our lives have changed in so many ways. as we continue to adapt to this ever changing world, we’ve decided to make mental health and wellness a priority.

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all too often, americans view mental health as a privilege for the wealthy and feel unwelcomed by or disconnected from traditional providers. at the aakoma project, they are working to change that perception. they believe that everyone — regardless of background, income, or identity — deserves optimal mental health.

to learn more please visit:

https://aakomaproject.org/

@aakomaproject

the black emotional and mental health collective is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities. they envision a world where there are no barriers to Black healing.

to learn more please visit:

https://www.beam.community/

@_beamorg

black mental health visibility, also known as stella’s place offers peer support, clinical, online, employment, wellness and recovery services. their goal is a holistic approach to help young adults learn skills, find connections & become empowered to manage their own health.

to learn more please visit:

https://stellasplace.ca/navigating-crisis/

@stellasplace.ca

@blackmentalhealthvisibility

the lee thompson young foundation envisions a world in which mental illness is recognized by all as a treatable, biopsychosocial disorder and the stigma associated with it no longer exists; a world that supports and encourages wholeness and well being at every stage of life.

to learn more please visit:

https://www.ltyfoundation.org/

@ltyfoundation

melanin & mental health is dedicated to helping minority communities while raising awareness about how mental health affects them.

to learn more please visit:

https://www.melaninandmentalhealth.com/

@melaninandmentalhealth

the okra project was founded on the principal of taking luxury and making it something that’s accessible to the most marginalized people. further disrupting the idea that luxury is exclusive. it is in this spirit, the okra project hopes to extend free, delicious, and nutritious meals to black trans people experiencing food insecurity.

to learn more please visit:

https://www.theokraproject.com/

@theokraproject

ourselves black believes mental health issues should not source of shame and they should be understood and ultimately addressed. mental well being can not be taken for granted. it must be appreciated, protected, and nurtured.

to learn more please visit:

https://ourselvesblack.com/

@ourselves_black

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sources:
janette valenzo @janettevalenzo 
black mental health matters @vanessallisette
national resources list @NationalResourcesList
american foundation for suicide prevention @afspnational
doctor imani @doctor.imani
holly chishom @justpeachycomic
kari faux @karifaux
national alliance on mental illness @namicommunicate
psych hub @psychhub_education

community · spotlight

sunnyside & woodside mutual aid

highlighting local groups that are doing amazing work for the community ❤

a group of neighbors in queens acting collectively to address community needs and take care of each other.

they host monthly food drives around queens and help connect neighbors to provide grocery deliveries, housing support, cash assistance, medical supplies, and more.

• support by donating here
sign up for in-person volunteer shifts (driving, cooking, packing, tabling, etc.) to support pantries that distribute food and supplies
join the Slack channel to learn more about how to get involved!

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