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What do your sex life and the pandemic have in common? More than you would think! Transparent and open communication, setting boundaries, respecting others’ boundaries, and discussing consent are foundational aspects of a lot of social dynamics that we tend to overlook. Let’s break it down!

As we move into a year and half into the COVID pandemic, let’s take a step back and talk about the impact on our mental health and the collective trauma that we’re experiencing. Taking care of yourself takes time, effort, and awareness. We need to care for ourselves so we can better support those around us. Your own well-being is intrinsically tied to the well-being of others and your community. We’ve all had to adapt our coping strategies during this time -what used to work for you that doesn’t anymore? What have you added into your routine?

July was BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month. While there are common barriers to mental healthcare, there are unique challenges and needs for BIPOC communities that intersect with the ongoing discrimination, oppression, inequity, and collective and individual trauma that is rooted in U.S. history. The Western, eurocentric medical model exacerbates these barriers and inaccessibility. This year's theme, Strength in Communities, highlights BIPOC community developed support systems that fill in the gaps of mainstream healthcare.

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