Native Youth Rocked The Vote! Now What?
ELECTION MENTAL HEALTH, MISINFORMATION & SELF CARE RESOURCES
It’s safe to say that there’s a lot going on right now in our country. No matter who you voted for or how you’re feeling about this year in particular, by nature of being an election, this moment will have long-lasting impacts on us and our lives — and everyone is processing it differently! Check out some of these resources for help navigating it.
Regardless of who you voted for up and down the ballot, the political process doesn’t end here. Your voice is still powerful in shaping the direction of our government and our country. Now is the time to hold your elected officials accountable to addressing the causes and issues that you care about most.
The youth vote was out in full force. Speaking of making history, we saw record-shattering absentee and early youth voter turnout in the 2020 election, and early estimates suggest that general youth voter turnout is the highest it’s been in modern history. Not only that, young voters (particularly young Black voters and Native American Voters) were hugely impactful in key battleground states like Georgia and Arizona — ultimately powering the victories there.
What comes next? In some ways, this moment concludes an unprecedented election season amid an already tumultuous year. At the same time, it seems like it’s only the beginning of what’s shaping up to be a heavily contested period in our political history. Read on to learn more about the ongoing protests, lawsuits, and other challenges following the results of the election — plus, mental health resources to help you cope with everything going on.
- 13 Election Day Mental Health Tips
- 5 Steps to Avoid Election Misinformation
- Election & Social Media Guide
- What to Do When Your Candidate Loses
- 7 Ways to Heal if Your Candidate Lost
- Post-Election Self-Care Guide
- 9 Tips for Surviving Political Conversations With Your Family
General Mental Health Resources
- Shine’s BIPOC Mental Health Guide
- 9 Mental Health Tips for Anyone Feeling Emotionally Pummeled by 2020
- 8 Grounding Techniques for Anxiety
- 8 Ways to Practice Self-Care While Physical Distancing
- New State of Mind: Youth Mental Health Guide by Students for Students
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255
- Trevor Project LGBTQ Lifeline: 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline: 24/7 at 1-800-662-4357
- Crisis Text Line: 24/7, text DS to 741741
- Additional resources compiled by NAMI