After returning from a long-overdue vacation a few weeks back, I went into my work office for the first time since the pandemic began. I must admit, being around colleagues again was energizing. Part of the reason had to do with mental health. Having regular contact with others—in a safe context—is rejuvenating and provide opportunities to share ideas and laughs.
Growing concerns over the Delta variant may cause another shift in how we navigate public spaces. One thing we can’t take for granted again is mental health. July was National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, with a theme on “Strength in Communities.” I thought it would be great to continue the conversation by discussing the state of mental health—and mental health resources—for the tech community.
In discussing resources, I first want to mention the importance of getting help if you are in an immediate crisis. If that’s the case for you or someone you know, please consider reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
One resource I found fascinating is togetherall. This is a peer-to-peer community to help users get support and identify further resources for help. Navigating mental health networks can be trick, but sites like togetherall are a great way to get basic questions answered and to learn what to look for in identifying mental healthcare providers.
The Social Work License Map has 60 Digital Resources for Mental Health, with particular categories dedicated to LGBTQ+, women, minorities, and other groups. The Trevor Project, which focuses on LGBTQ+ youth, has digital spaces for users to seek mental health first aid via text, phone, or online chat.
I want to expand this list, so feel free to leave a comment for tech-related resources and apps that can help us improve our mental health. Or connect with me on twitter, @SusanneTedrick.