A letter from Ashley:
It's been quite the year, hasn't it? I can't believe it's already almost September. The world has been changing quickly, right in front of our eyes, and for many, this has been very difficult to maneuver and adapt to. When everything first shut down, I remember feeling all kinds of feelings, such as dread, fear, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, disconnectedness, uncertainty, etc... I've had many conversations with friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers of the hardships, losses, and all that has come with the year 2020. There is nothing I can say or do to make it better, but I am always willing to be a sounding board for anyone who needs one. We have had not only deaths from the virus, but also many to suicide, due to not only the state of our world, but also to the unavailability of mental health care for struggling individuals. People have lost their insurance that gave them access to necessary medications, or lost access to their mental health providers and counselors, because jobs have been lost, and financially, people are scraping by. Even if you have a job, and are financially secure, you might be overworked, overstressed, and overtired. If you were dealing with a crisis or a difficulty before the shut downs, you are now dealing with all of that AND that crisis. Now, more than ever, we need our communities. Now, more than ever, it is important to reach out to our friends and family members. If you are struggling and do not know who to reach out to, reach out to me, and I will do my best to help, even if that just means listening and chatting for a while. I am not a licensed therapist, counselor, or psychologist, but I can point you in the direction of services for people in need.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or self harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
Ashley Gee, L.Ac.