Having a sense of community creates a sense of support and belonging, which can support better mental health outcomes and reduce feelings of isolation. Connection to others may exist either in person, in virtual spaces, or through other means of communication.
Use this worksheet to keep track of your current support network and make preventive plans for connection and safety.
Did you know? Community safety is more than just physical. Psychological safety consists of inclusion and the safety to learn, contribute, and challenge the status quo.
This worksheet is an excerpt from Mental Health America’s 2023 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit.
Here’s a web-friendly version of the questions from the worksheet:
- Where do you feel most safe and comfortable?
- Who can you reach out to if you need help staying safe?
- Where do you feel most connected to your culture?
- Who can you reach out to in order to feel more connected with your culture?
- Who makes up your current support system?
- Who in your community can you reach out to for general mental health support, or when you feel isolated or distanced from others?
- What virtual spaces can you access to feel a stronger sense of safety and connection?