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A new study1 finds that suicide attempts during pregnancy and after childbirth are increasing, nearly tripling over the past decade Nearly 24,000 individuals are at risk for suicide. Suicide is already among the leading causes of deaths among new mothers, and pregnancy/post-delivery are considered risky times for depressive symptoms.
As a child, Reginald Howard struggled with destructive visions, moments where he imagined destroying the shelves at the corner store or pushing another child down, but when he tried to identify what was happening, his mother attributed it to his “Howard blood.”
“At that point, I probably should have been in therapy but because there’s such a stigma behind therapy in the Black community, and around the world but I’ll start within my community, I really didn’t get the help that I needed,” Howard said.
For communities of color and especially for Black men, quality mental health resources are scarce, some area therapists said after Walter Wallace Jr. was fatally shot by police in West Philadelphia.
They said expanded access is needed more than ever this year, as Black men feel both the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of hearing about incidents of racism and police brutality or experiencing it themselves.
If you’re feeling down this fall, you’re not alone.
It’s perfectly natural — especially this year when so many of us are already experiencing a lot of stress.
If you take the time for a little self-care, it will help develop coping skills for the long months ahead.
Lack of motivation and interest. Low libido. Feeling bored. Feeling tired. Withdrawing from others. Feeling negative about yourself — how you look, your sense of the future, feeling stuck. Negative about others — pet peeves rising up, feeling critical and sensitive. Life is gray.
How can we ever learn to be resilient in the face of a worldwide pandemic? Why would anyone suggest building gratitude in the face of such widespread despair? Yet, how can we break the downward cycle of boredom, grief, distress, and frustration as the pandemic continues and resurges across the world?
Did you ever have the feeling that you were sad and needed a good cry, but you couldn’t get the tears out? I certainly have.
Sadness is a natural adaptive response to loss. Losses like death, breakups, our children growing up, moving from a house, city, or country we called home, a broken or missing cherished object, and other kinds of losses, even election losses, are born from our wired-in capacity to love, connect, and emotionally attached to people, places, and things. Love and loss go hand in hand.
Grief is more than just an immediate reaction. When we suffer loss, grief naturally follows. But getting grief to stop following you is another matter. Part of “surviving anything” is understanding how grief happens and what it can do to your brain. Recognizing the connection between your physiology and psychology is a valuable tool in how you choose to deal with loss or any sudden change.