Moving Forward Together

How Collective Trauma, Self-Care, and COVID-19 Varies Across Communities

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Date: Friday, April 17, 2020

Panelists: JFS Breaking Down Barriers Team
Fernando Parra Chong, Outreach Coordinator for Latinx Community
Spshelle Rutledge, Outreach Coordinator for African American/Black Community
Gabriela Masuda, Outreach Coordinator for Asian Pacific Islander Community
Vanessa Pineda, Outreach Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Community
Lily Mojdehi, Outreach Coordinator for Middle Eastern Community

Moderator: Kim Lesnau, Director of Learning & Development at JFS

The COVID-19 crisis affects us all — but the challenges we face can look very different from person to person. Communities of color, working class communities, and other marginalized communities are often on the front lines of public health crises without the proper resources or support systems they need to weather the storm.

This Community Conversation, featuring the JFS Breaking Down Barriers team and moderated by Kim Lesnau, Director of Learning & Development at JFS, will focus on understanding the community impact of COVID-19 from a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed lens. We’ll provide techniques for maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing, tips on normalizing emotions that are often ignored, and advice on accessing helpful community resources.

About Breaking Down Barriers
Breaking Down Barriers is an outreach program at Jewish Family Service, funded by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, that works with underserved communities to talk about mental wellness. Through educational presentations and events, we discuss the stigma of mental health and connect participants to helpful resources so everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

To stay up to date on the latest events and community resources, follow Breaking Down Barriers on Facebook and Instagram.


Community Conversation #3 Resources


  • API Racism Incident Report
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233
  • Call Trevor Lifeline (for youth): (866) 488-7386
    • LGBTQ-sensitive trained counselors to contact during a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts
  • LGBTQ National Senior Hotline: (888) 234-7243
    • Monday–Friday from 4pm-12am
    • Provides seniors the ability to talk with trained peer-support volunteers
  • Access Line: Text or Dial 2-1-1
    • Connects SD residents in need of food, shelter, healthcare, etc.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255 and press 1
  • Suicide Prevention: (800) 273-8255
  • Substance Abuse/Mental Health Helpline: (800) 662-4357
  • Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 799-7233




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