I went for a bike ride after work today to de-stress, reconnect with myself and nature, and tap into some joy. Feeling my tension drain as I pedaled up the trail, I thought about the healing cycle of riding my bike and all of the benefits it brings, especially on hard days. I thought about how everyone deserves to be able to engage in their own healing cycles, however, they choose to do so.
Support in healing from sexual trauma should be available to all who need it. However, we face a reality in the United States that women of color, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ+ community face increased risk of sexual violence and significant barriers to services meant to help survivors.
Therapy has always been a critical part of Sacred Cycle’s path to healing for survivors. Sexual assault survivors face increased risk for developing PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other chronic health conditions. These risks are compounded by institutional inequalities and prejudices in the industries designed to help support survivors as they heal.
We want to use our blog post this month to highlight mental health resources specifically tailored to serve people of color and LGBTQ+ folks. Below are links to three articles that list some resources, although the list is by no means exhaustive.
- 8 Mental Health Resources for POC Struggling Right Now, by Alexandra Pauly for HypeBae.com
- Happy Pride Month! Mental Health Resources for LGBTQIA+ People, from FamilyAware.com
- Therapy For Latinx Online Database Helps Connect People With Culturally Competent Counselors, by Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro for Bustle.com