As many expected, the 2020 presidential election is quite a nail biter and still too close to call. This, of course has American’s stress and anxiety levels on the rise today, which is ironic because it also happens to be National Stress Awareness Day. To honor our commitment to putting Black women’s mental health first, we’re holding space to talk about what we’re feeling, why we’re feeling it and how we can better diffuse some of the daily anxiety in our lives.

No matter what the outcome of the election, Black people are going to continue to need all of the emotional health support we can get. Black women especially, since we tend to bear the weight of the world on our shoulders at all times, whether willingly or unwillingly. 

As part of our popular Facebook Live Wellness Check series, ESSENCE brought together three well-known mental health experts for a post-election midday check in conversation about all things Black women and mental health.

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Watch as special guests Nedra Glover Tawwab, a licensed therapist, content creator and author, Alishia McCullough,a licensed clinical mental health therapist, author and social justice activist, and Shanti Das, the founder and executive director of Silence The Shame, Inc. break down how to put your mental health first and practice self-care daily.