Hello Visva fam! Let’s talk about mental health…
As we near the end of yet another month of nonstop news about the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are experiencing even more stress and anxiety. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well being, which affects how we feel, act, and handle stress.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, and most of us have experienced problems affecting our thinking, mood, and behavior. U.S. Data from the past few years show that 19.1% of adults and 16.5% of youth aged 6-17 have experienced mental illness. Some of the most common disorders include anxiety, bipolar disorder, addiction disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and suicidal thoughts.
These disorders can disproportionately affect marginalized groups, such as Black, Latinx, Asian American, Native American, and LGBTQ+ communities. In addition to cultural taboos surrounding mental health, these communities may be less likely to receive adequate mental health care.
Experiencing mental health disorder symptoms can be scary. Changes in the way we feel and act are confusing, and we might not know how - or want - to talk about them.
Why we created The Crew
Visva GM Sharon recently shared her thoughts on Visva as a Social Action Network powered by vibes. Our vision is to create a social graph driven by sentiment, intent, and real interactions with others.
To help guide this vision, we feel it’s important to provide a safe space to discuss mental health and share resources with each other, so we created a new tribe called the Visva Self Care Crew. It is a judgement-free zone where you can share encouragement for body positivity, mental wellness, and just general love for yourself and others.
The purpose of this tribe is to help our community feel supported and respected. We encourage discussions around the following topics and how they impact mental health:
- Pandemic-related stress
- Racial and social inequities
- Social media pressures
- Friendships and school
- Homelessness and food insecurity
- Body positivity and self esteem
We can all work together to change the conversations around mental health and help stop the stigma associated with asking for help.
To join the Visva Self Care Crew, just tap the Tribes icon in the Visva app and search for the tribe name.
We hope to see you there!