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"At Strive Family Resources we stand alongside and mourn with those who have lost so much in a country that proclaims all are created equal, yet fails to uphold the most basic of human rights for people of color."

Black Lives Matter

Systemic racism, discrimination, and brutality against the Black community must end. At Strive Family Resources we stand alongside and mourn with those who have lost so much in a country that proclaims all are created equal, yet fails to uphold the most basic of human rights for people of color.

Although we are far from perfect, we commit to better understanding our biases while using our privilege to uplift the voices of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters.

Promises are easy; words require minimal energy. In a time when corporations offer up lip service in support of the latest cause, here are some of the concrete, long-term changes we are implementing as suggested by advocates within the Black community:

  • Create parenting content and publish resources that speaks to the specific strengths and needs of communities of color, including ways to support those impacted by the trauma of racism and police brutality

  • Advocate in schools and communities for students and young adults of color to receive equitable supports

  • Support and promote policies at the local, state, and federal level that reduce institutionalized racism or address solutions to long-term discrimination

  • Seek out guidance and content from Black educators, mental health professionals, and advocates who can speak to the realities of racial inequalities that exist throughout our country

  • Create and promote content designed to initiate/continue the conversation on privilege, institutionalized racism, understanding biases, and other important topics to help Whites better understand their role in dismantling the discriminatory roots of our society

This is just a start. As the situation evolves, we will do our best to adapt in ways that support a future of equity and justice - the very rights Emmett Till, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Tamar Rice, George Floyd, Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, Trayvon Martin, Antwon Rose Jr., Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery and millions of others are denied.



Erika Stewart Wheelhouse, MA, LMHC

Founder and Managing Director

Strive Family Resources, LLC

Mental Health Resources

NAMI - Statement on recent racial incidents, with Mental Health resources for African Americans


Beyond the Golden Rule: A parent's guide to preventing and responding to prejudice Handout/booklet by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. How to help and guide kids in their understanding of racial bias and discrimination.

Conversations for families about race and anti-bias from Anti-Defamation League


Article: Managing Stress That Comes With Drastic Lifestyle Changes Article by Erika S. Wheelhouse, MA, LMHC for Take This.

Great series of articles by mental health professionals for Take This. These were written to offer support during this difficult time.

Take This: COVID Series On

Spending the quarentine together has a special set of stresses whether you have ADHD or love someone with ADHD. This brilliant channel by Jessica McCabe offers evidenced based information and tips on living with ADHD, including videos dedicated to managing it during the pandemic.

How to ADHD on Youtube homepage.

LGBTQ Youth face particularly difficult mental health issues during that can be exacerbated during the COVID-19 crisis. The Trevor Project published their White Paper on April 2020 outlining the immediate concerns. The Trevor Project: Implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention


Being gentle with yourself can be a challenge in the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Practicing self-compassion, the act of comforting and gently caring for yourself when experiencing uncomfortable or painful emotions. Dr. Kristen Neff has done extensive research on how self-compassion can positively impact psychological well-being.

Self Compassion exercises by Dr. Kristin Neff On


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 -- 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Samaritans Confidential Hotline: To talk or Text 24/7 877-870-4673
Available if you just need to talk, even when not in a crisis or seeking mental health support

Crisis Text Line Text: CONNECT to 741741

Games and Online Harassment Hotline Text “SUPPORT” to 23368 to get started

National Sexual Assault Hotline - RAINN 800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888 (TTY:711) or text 233733. In the US Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

The Trevor Project 24/7 helplines:

TrevorLifeline 1-866-488-7386
Or visit their online
Get Help Now page with information on text and chatlines with counselors available 24/7.

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