How Is Your Mental Health?

As we move into spring and summer after a year of social unrest and a pandemic, one has to ask how much more can you take? This is the second week in April of 2021 and so much to process.

There is a trial going on for the death of George Floyd, and now another young Black man Daunte Wright was also killed by police, a high school shooting occurred in Knoxville, Tennessee, a policemen died and a video was released of an army lieutenant being disrespected and sprayed with pepper spray because he did not comply. Thank God he was not killed!

The numerous shootings around the country is concerning. Also, we can not forgot about the terror against Asian Americans related to hate and misunderstanding. On another note, a policeman is lying in state at the Capitol this morning after being killed. These are just the highlights, there are more.

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I am tearful and sad, everyday it is a new story. As a mother of two sons, I fear for my children and pray constantly for their safety and wellbeing. Many do not realize this hateful behavior has been going on for centuries. Video has finally substantiated what other communities has experienced since they have landed on these shores from various groups. Actually no one is native of this land but the American Indian and we see how they have been treated.

Mentally it is exhausting and I have had to unplug and stop watching television for my own mental health. I am confused about the continued disregard for black and brown lives in this country with no consequences. As a member of the minority community we can’t change the patterns of the majority, they will have to make the change. That will not happen until they decide that they are finally feed up. But, there is resistance within their group who are fearful that they are losing power and have nothing to add or say about the treatment of others.

Take care of yourself and your family. As we move into summer, and more events occur (and they will), reactions will get more intense and anger and hate will abound. Remember tomorrow is not promised but while you are here be a part of the solution not the problem, because we are all connected.

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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