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As if the holidays themselves weren’t cause enough to be stressed out, this year we have a pandemic, lockdowns, widespread job loss, and inconsistent leadership overlaying them. Mix in a few conspiracy theories, government overreach, plus the desire to meet with family members without making them sick (or suffering the threat of fines or jail time), and we have a pretty spicy recipe for high anxiety and deep depression. What is a person to do in the face of all this?
One of WTTA’s many missions is education. Not just to firearms owners about mental health matters, but also to mental health practitioners about gun culture. As of this writing, more than 400 people have attended At the Intersection of Guns and Mental Health, our three-hour suicide prevention and firearms cultural competency course.
Jesse Lott, clinical director of mental health practice Zephyr Wellness, touches on how to cope with 2020’s events. “While many of us have likely settled (begrudgingly, for many) into some kind of rhythm within the past few months of this guano-crazy year, there remain many who still find themselves in heightened states of nervousness, anxiety, and fear…”
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