Here's what had happened on "Kitchen Talks LIVE" with The Chef's Advocate

via The Chef's Advocate (Instagram)

On yesterday, I joined Annette Davis of The Chef's Advocate on Instagram Live to talk about two of my favorite topics, food and feelings, for Mental Health Awareness Month. 

We talked about how we're coping, my work as a bilingual Mental Health First Aid Instructor, community organizer, and wellness program developer, how to engage with folks around mental health challenges, available mental health resources, and how cooking and baking help me keep my anxiety under control.

Have a gander:

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Mental Health Awareness w/Alex Hardy

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Here are the resources I shared during my conversation with Annette:

1. Use the Self-Care Check-In as a quick and easy way to assess your situation. You can do this alone or with your friend, parent, kids, boos, group text crews, coworkers, and anybody else you give a damn about. Answer these questions honesty:

  • How would you rate your self-care at the moment on a scale of 1 - 10?
  • What are you doing well for you right now?
  • What could you be doing better or differently? 
  • Bonus: Do the Self-Care Check-In with someone and ask each other, "How can I help you be great(er) today or this week?"
2. Whether you're anxious about work or food, feel in danger, or need a safe space to vent, text joy to 741741 to be connected to a trained, crisis counselor for free, 24/7, anywhere in Janet Jackson's America via a partnership betwixt my GetSomeJoy squad and Crisis Text Line.

3. I know how intimidating it can be to dive into a database of thousands of therapists to find someone to help you, so if you need help navigating the therapy process, use these forms to let us know your budget, insurance (if any), ideal therapist racial/cultural/gender situation, availability, and any special needs you have, and I'll get you hooked up with a few options to support you in your wellness journey. 
Are you a mental health provider offering virtual (phone- or video-based) services right now? Do you have capacity for new clients? Submit your info here so we can send folks your way:
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