When we use wellness strategies, mental health diagnosis and medication and see help guides to avoid acknowledging larger social concerns, we risk doing harm to ourselves and others.
We need to acknowledge this grief, in order to not lose hope. We need to acknowledge the size of the loss and it's repercussions. Then we need to search out those who share our desires for social change and partner with them. Sometimes we will need to simply grieve together.
I now know that putting my head back in the sand will never be possible and that decisions about opting in or out of various struggles will always be complicated.
If your safety, housing, employment, human rights or mental health is at risk based on the outcome of a debate then you are a significant stakeholder in the debate and caring for your mental health is paramount.
A shared condition.
For those of us paying attention, to world issues and local issues, it feels like a good time to panic. For those who have spent significant amounts of time and energy working to prevent some of these things, daily media updates are disheartening at best, devastating at worst.