How has navigating COVID-19 impacted your own or your loved ones’ mental health?
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, WEGO Health dives deeper into addressing mental health post-pandemic and how we can come together as a community to improve resources and support. In this patient panel, we sit down with patient leaders Natasha Tracy and Cecilia McGough to explore how the pandemic shifted our understanding of mental health and the importance of moving at your own pace as we continue to adjust back to “normalcy.”
💌 Conversations about mental health should take place year-round – not just during awareness months. It’s not enough to to simply post a hashtag – we must proactively advocate for policies and opportunities that support mental health needs in medical, professional and legal environments.
💌 It’s important to consider the difference between mental health and mental illness. We all have mental health needs, but those with diagnosed mental illnesses often need more than 5 deep breathes and positive affirmations.
💌 There are a lot of unknowns in our world right now. Give yourself the compassion you deserve in this moment, and move at your own pace as things start to change or transition. We all have different medical needs and comfort levels, so try not to compare your journey to anyone else’s.
Meet the Panelists
Natasha Tracy is an award-winning mental health writer, speaker and thought leader. She works to bring high-quality, insightful and trusted information on bipolar disorder and related illnesses to the public while engaging with the mental health community. Her Bipolar Burble has been named a top 10 health blog by Healthista, Health.com, Healthline, Medical News Today and others. Natasha has also authored the acclaimed “Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar.” Find out more about Natasha at Natashatracy.com.
Cecilia McGough is a New York City-based mental health activist, writer, media consultant, and radio astronomer. Cecilia also happens to have schizophrenia but does not let her diagnosis define her. Cecilia is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Students With Schizophrenia and content creator for the I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia project. As a TEDx speaker and Special Books By Special Kids interviewee, Cecilia’s videos have been viewed over 20 million times on multiple platforms across the globe and featured in Forbes, Glamour UK, Barcroft TV, and CBS This Morning national news. Cecilia continues to advocate for diversity in the workplace through The Valuable 500 and Lyfebulb. In 2019, she co-organized the I’m Mentally Ill, And I Don’t Kill protest at Union Square, New York City. She says, “Together, we can change the face of schizophrenia.”