Mental Health Concerns in the Midst of Protests

Our nation has been rocked during the last few weeks as individuals, communities, organizations, and political leaders battle to find a sense of justice. As people have used their voices to speak out and their actions to show the depths of their beliefs, it has become clear that our country is in pain. This pain has trickled through every system and has grown to a point where it must be addressed. To reach a future in which every person, regardless of skin color, is accepted and treated with the same rights as those next to him or her, we must acknowledge and address the pain that is crippling our nation. Rarely do growth and comfort happen at the same time.

While many are working to educate themselves on the injustices taking place, along with the actions of government leaders and their communities, people are feeling overwhelmed, lost, and hopeless. The constant flood of news and social media posts, while spreading needed information, is exhausting. Combined with the impacts of COVID-19 and other life stressors, many people are feeling unable to manage their anxiety, depression, and fears. It is a daily fight that seems almost impossible to bear alone, which is why we need to bear it together.

We at Water’s Edge Counseling want to make it clear that we are here for ALL members of our community. As trained professionals, we understand that we may never fully experience and truly understand what our clients have endured. However, we are here with listening ears and open hands to welcome every person of every background through our doors. We understand that your skin color, your sexuality, your gender, and your beliefs are a part of what makes you who you are. This intersectionality is what makes every person and the issues they face unique and worthy of dignity. We are here to listen with acceptance as you share your story. Together we can work through the pain and grow towards a place of peace.

We are proud of our city and how it has chosen to stand for its citizens during this time of hurt. Our Savannah community has worked over the past week to show by actions what it means to come together. On Sunday, May 31st, hundreds gathered peacefully in downtown Savannah to support one another and to speak up about injustices. Mayor Van Johnson led as we wish all leaders would, with a voice promoting peace, truth, and understanding. We’d like to take this time to thank all of you in our community for allowing Savannah to be an example to those around us of how a city can support all of its citizens. If you want to learn more about the protest, feel free to check out this article.

While the protest on Sunday seemed to be a shining moment of togetherness and peace, there is a long road ahead of us. If you or a loved are feeling overwhelmed, heart-broken, or hopeless, please take the time and reach out today. You do not have to go through this alone. We are here to support you and to help you find healing. Please give us a call at 912-319-5552