Mental health is an issue not discussed not nearly enough, especially in the African-American community. We spoke with family therapist, Ashlea Taylor, to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic and issues of racism might be additional factors in the spring suicide rate.
During this time of the pandemic, Taylor says it’s important that we find ways to socially interact with one another. She recommends people that aren’t able to meet in person meet over Zoom or Houseparty. For those that have families, she recommends setting up game nights and dinners. Overall, Taylor says to just get creative with it and have fun.
For those seeking therapy during these times, Taylor recommends checking out Psychology Today. The site holds one big database of local therapists near you. People can also call their insurance providers for a list of covered local therapists.
This story is part of a year-long project by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and the Arizona Community Foundation focused on covering the rise of youth suicides in Arizona.