Creative Wellness Agency GetSomeJoy asks, “how the hell are ya?” with the launch of selfcarecheckin.com, a wellness resource fostering personal accountability and community engagement around managing mental and emotional wellness. The three-question prompt is a conversation starter, provoking reflection among self, colleagues, friends, and family.
By answering, “How would you rate your self-care today?”, “What are you doing well for yourself right now?”, And “What could you be doing better?” users communicate where they are doing well or need support in, making them accountable to prioritize their own spiritual moisturization while mobilizing the support of those who can pass the proverbial shea butter.
For challenges that are beyond peer support, Self-Care Check-In partners with Crisis Text Line to provide a 24/7 direct support line for anyone in crisis. Texting “JOY” to 741741 will connect you to a trained crisis counselor available to listen, support, and provide you with follow-up resources related to your specific concerns.
“Get Some Joy is such an awesome platform. They are bringing culture, fun, and hard conversations to a topic that is taboo to marginalized communities,” says Ricky Neal, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Crisis Text Line. “It’s exactly what the Black and Brown community needs for several reasons: 1) They are destigmatizing mental health, 2) The have resources and tools for Black & Brown folks which are hard to find, and 3) It reminds us to keep joy at the center of everything we do.”
Bolstering personal accountability with social and community support is essential to healing, particularly in disadvantaged communities, where people of color are 20% more likely to deal with major depression, PTSD, anxiety, and suicide than the rest of the U.S. population. This growing database of resources and tools provides mental and emotional wellness support to these otherwise underserved communities.
Out in These Streets
Selfcarecheckin.com shares free wellness guides and ebooks, a wellness directory, a live events calendar, and rewards sponsored by wellness-focused community partners. Considering the recent conversations and controversies around online privacy and the impact of social media on mental wellness, GetSomeJoy is cultivating opportunities to foster genuine face-to-face interactions that facilitate mutual support, accountability, and improved communication among friends, families, classmates, and colleagues.
This summer GetSomeJoy will produce and distribute over 25,000 Self-Care Check-In wallet cards in New York City metro area, partnering with brands and organizations involved in the community to promote organic, but intentional, community wellness. In addition to providing GetSomeJoy’s Crisis Text Line keyword and number, the cards remind us to reflect on the Self-Care Check-In prompts alone or with someone else. Ask, “How can I help you be greater today?” when doing this exercise with a friend or colleague can highlight simple ways you can offer and receive support.
GetSomeJoy founder Alex Hardy shares his vision for the wallet cards: “We wanted to create a resource that people could use to take the Self-Care Check-In with them and have that reminder wherever they go. It started from me posting Self-Care Check-In prompts on Facebook. I recognized the importance and need of a wellness community through social media. It’s a very tech and social media driven movement, a simple way to engage the community in your wellness.”
SELFCARECHECKIN.COM launched May 23, 2018 during Mental Health Awareness Month. The official kick-off call featured Ricky Neale, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Crisis Text Line, and Andrew Shade, Editorial Director of Broadway Black, who highlighted the mental health challenges faced by people of color in the arts.
GetSomeJoy will host its next community check-in on Wednesday, July 11 at 12 pm EST. Visit www.selfcarecheckin.com to register.
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support for people in crisis, via text. Text JOY to 741741.
Self-Care Check-In was built by GetSomeJoy, a creative wellness agency promoting mental and emotional wellness through live interactive experiences, powerful storytelling, and accessible wellness resources. GetSomeJoy was co-founded by writer, mental health advocate, and cohost of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast Alex Hardy, marketing and partnerships executive, Enesha Stringer, and technical wizard and SoulSenseBox creator, Mario Starks.
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