The Buffalo Branch of the NAACP is hosting an online event 'There's A Lot Going On,' to help us cope with all of the recent events.

The event, which will be held on Zoom, will be tomorrow, June 16, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

I spoke to Alaina Jones, Co-Chair of the Young Adult Action Committee for the Buffalo Branch of the NAACP.  She said that this event is designed to help people in the community deal with their emotions, while dealing with the current state of affairs.

Alaina told me during our interview that the event is to help:

"From COVID-19 to the heightened racial tensions that we've been seeing play out over the last couple weeks, we as a committee, we recognize that people may be feeling a range of emotions right now and trying to balance between staying informed on breaking news, while also protecting their mental health.  So the purpose of this event is to provide a safe space for community members to talk honestly about how they're feeling without judgement and then also discussing how we as a community can support each other during these times."

The event is open to everyone in the community, not just young people. You can get registered by visiting  If you would like to join the Buffalo Branch of the NAACP, you can visit its website.

The event will feature panelists Rev. Craig Douglass, Executive Director at Families’ Child Advocacy Network & local psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Grace, MD.

I am so happy the NAACP is hosting this event, as we have all been dealing with a lot of loss and trauma lately.  We often neglect our mental health until it becomes a bigger issue.

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