17 October 2020

Surviving a Global Pandemic & Uprising

By Kelsey McWilliams

It is time to check in with yourself. How are you, really?

Amidst a pandemic, the global Black activist uprising, a recession, and a myriad of other events in 2020, we find ourselves under pressure to create, engage, design, and perform. With all of this free time, you told yourself, I can now learn that new language, write that best-selling novel, or create that website I always wanted to make. It is okay if you have not done any of these things, or even anything at all. Because in the midst all of this, your mental health may have suffered. Depression, anxiety, grief, and loneliness may have crept in, whether it was here prior to 2020, or as a result of.

It is okay not to be okay. It is okay not to feel grounded.

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Kelsey McWilliams

Contributor (she/her)

Kelsey McWilliams is a social worker and writer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has worked in the non-profit sector in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Bachelor of Social Work. Kelsey has experience working with people struggling with mental health issues, homelessness, domestic violence, substance use, and women’s health. Kelsey is passionate about mental health education and hopes to remind professionals that their mental health matters just as much as those they serve.


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