Roundtables 21 – As we celebrate Juneteenth 156 years later, how can we uplift the mental health and voices of the Black community?

Mikaela Brewer: The first step is your own personal research — building a holistic understanding of the past and recent history that informs the celebration relieves the emotional burden on the Black community to explain (here is an article published in the New York Times to get you started). One way to support the mental health of the Black community is to carry this celebration (along with the conversations and learning/unlearning associated with it), and what it stands for, thoroughly into the rest of the year. Most importantly, as we celebrate Black humanity and identity, we have to acknowledge where they are not celebrated, welcomed, or included. The American Counselling Association provided a detailed outline of a few ways in which we can honour, admire, insure and defend Black humanity and identity: listen, respect and learn — augment > breach and boost > afflict. Here is a great piece written by Asante Haughton: Caring is an Action

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Spotlight: Abigayle Peterson & The Stories Within Magnify’s Code

Magnify Wellness was coded using a JavaScript library called React, but there is another language embedded into the story that Magnify Wellness’s code portrays. It is a familiar language, which conveys the challenging story of learning how to best use our gifts through the experiences we gain. Abigayle’s story is one that reminds us that we share the language of pain, ache and loneliness, though we may experience it differently. Her story reminds us that we can grow, learn and make profound leaps in a plentiful direction while keeping our experiences in our back pocket. 

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