“How are you doing?”
That’s a loaded question at the best of times. Today, protests against police brutality and a global pandemic are both taking a heavier toll on Black bodies and answering how you are doing may seem insignificant. Your individual well-being may feel selfish compared to your community or your family’s needs. For Black, Indigenous and Womxn of Color (BIWOC), the needs of others may seem insurmountable as it is, leaving no time for ourselves.
Started by Bebe Moore, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month is recognized in July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States. But that awareness cannot end with July. Black, Indigenous, Women of Color (BIWOC), including trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, genderqueer and all those with gender identities that are oppressed by racism, sexism and misogyny, face harm and trauma daily. Despite systems of oppression harming us, it’s imperative that we make space for ourselves to heal. We must begin, today, with ourselves, to rest so we can flourish.
Start With You
When we always put the needs of others above our own, we limit our ability to thrive. Analytics company Gallup measures well-being using the Ladder Scale that incorporates almost everything in an individual’s life into their “ladder present,” or how they are doing right now, and their “ladder future,” or their outlook on the future. With this global standard used across 160 countries in the world, Gallup can measure people’s well-being on a scale of suffering, struggling or thriving. To thrive, Gallup indicates if a person’s “ladder future” is positive, that they have hope.
In its recently launched Center on Black Voices , Gallup is seeking to answer how we’re doing as Black Americans. Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton notes that “more than half of Black Americans 18 years and older (56%) are in a state of Net Thriving. This means 44% are either suffering or struggling.” Where are you on this scale? My guess is that “thriving” could feel a little
By: Katara McCarty
Title: Elevating Emotional Well-being of Black Women Beyond BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month
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Published Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 04:10:08 +0000
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