The Twill family is deeply saddened by the increase in violent attacks against the AAPI community in the past year, and by the senseless murder of eight people—mostly Asian women—in Atlanta earlier this week. Discrimination and hatred against anyone is unacceptable, and the immense toll they take on mental health is real.
If you're feeling anxious or afraid, or finding it difficult to process your pain or outrage, there are resources that can help you cope during this difficult time. While the activities and guided meditations on our app are always available to you, we also encourage you to seek support from the following:
These tips may help you cope better with the stress and anxiety you're feeling right now:
Find Your Community
Uniting with the Asian American community can help you cope with the fear and anxiety caused by the increase in anti-Asian attacks. If you're not ready to share your own experiences, reading the testimony of others can be just as empowering.
Remember, It's Not You
Suddenly finding yourself the target of racism and xenophobia and being made to feel like you don't belong can be unnerving. It's crucial to remember that you did nothing to deserve this, and that your feelings—sadness, fear, anger, shock—are completely valid. Don't hesitate to reach out to a therapist or counselor to help you process difficult encounters and events.
Take Care of Yourself
If you do find yourself on the receiving end of a racial slur, profiling, or confrontation, looking after your safety is your first priority. Walking away from a conflict is usually the first, and best, line of defense. If avoidance isn't possible, seek help from staff members (if you're in a business), a person in authority, such as a bus driver or train conductor, or the police. And when you're out of immediate danger, seek support from friends, family, or a mental health professional. You can find a directory of API therapists here.
Validate Your experience
Even if you haven't been the victim of violence, you may experience everyday micro-aggressions directed your way, simply because of the way you look. Micro-aggressions are like mind games—they undermine and keep you off balance. Sit with your emotions and determine what you need in the moment. Sharing how you feel with trusted friends and family can help you gain perspective and provide a reality check.