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Many of us, because of the nature of our mission and work, and because of the world we live in, have experienced adverse events, traumas, violence, and forms of oppression. We are not immune to feeling stressed and distressed as a result of these experiences. The work we do can be activating and painful, it may remind us of our own past traumatic experiences and the traumas facing our loved ones and communities. Many of us hold marginalized identities, and live with multiple forms of oppression on different levels. All of these factors can affect us and activate us in different ways. March For Our Lives aims to create a culture of care and support within our movement, we also recognize that sometimes that means situations require expertise and training, and we may need to involve other professionals.
Whether you are a survivor, activist, organizer, journalist, have lost a loved one to gun violence, are experiencing secondary trauma, or having a hard time during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to reach out to someone for help. If you are dealing with any level of trauma it is important to recognize the trauma and seek proper resources.
These resources and statements are not intended to provide or be a substitute for professional (medical, psychiatric, psychological, therapeutic, etc.) assessment, intervention, care or treatment.
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Like our physical health, there are aspects of our mental health that we need to understand and manage the best we can, taking positive actions to feel better today and protecting our emotional well-being from future problems. Actively practicing self-care (exercising, meditation, getting enough sleep) and developing good coping strategies (journaling, talking with friends, gratitude exercises), can make us more resilient and protected when we do face challenges or difficult situations. It’s also important to reach out for support and discuss our feelings if we need it. (from Mental Health is Health)
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