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Being Black has never been easy, but these last few months have been especially rough. In the midst of a global pandemic that has disproportionately affected Black communities, we also have to witness continued anti-Black violence and killing. It’s scary, stressful and traumatizing.

We have moved beyond the term “self-care”; we are at the point of self-preservation and self-protection. The following is some advice for protecting your mental health while trying to navigate this harsh reality: