people

A List Of Mental Health Resources Available For People Of Color

This month is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and right now, access to mental health care for people of color is especially critical. Black people have been watching as a disproportionate number of their loved ones die from the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve watched people who look like them be violently killed or threatened — for nothing more than being Black in public.

Finding a psychologist or mental health worker is difficult for many people. Your health insurance may not cover it. There may be no counselors near you. And Black people face another challenge: In the United States, just 5.3% of psychologists are Black; 83.6% are white. That means that if you’re a person of color searching for a therapist or any other kind of mental health resource, it might be difficult to connect with someone who looks like you.

That’s a problem, since having a therapist of the

Read More

South Dakota Governor Says People Will ‘Not Be Social Distancing’ at Trump Mt. Rushmore Event

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told Fox News on Tuesday that people will “not be social distancing” at a planned Friday celebration at Mount Rushmore, which President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend ahead of Independence Day.

A website for the event estimates about 7,500 will be in attendance and says that “masks will not be required, but there will be masks available at the event.”

Health officials have said physical distance and face masks are key preventative measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, which is spiking in parts of the South and Southwest.

Trump, 74, will deliver remarks at the event, the White House tells PEOPLE.

Gov. Noem, 48, addressed health concerns surrounding the event during a Tuesday interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

Ingraham, 57, complained about Fourth of July celebrations being canceled around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic before asking the South

Read More

Reddit is a haven for kinky people who’ve struggled to escape real-life discrimination and online censorship

sex health sexual genitals female male anatomy peach crotch orgasm pleasure same sex reproduction penis testicles anal vagina vibrator toy sperm uterus ovaries condom safe sex cox 144
sex health sexual genitals female male anatomy peach crotch orgasm pleasure same sex reproduction penis testicles anal vagina vibrator toy sperm uterus ovaries condom safe sex cox 144

Crystal Cox/Business Insider

  • Reddit is home to hundreds of NSFW and sexual kink communities that allow users to share experiences, ask for advice, and meet like-minded people in a non-judgmental space.

  • Before Reddit was founded in 2005, queer people created online communities using dial-up chat rooms. One of the earliest known is net.motss, which was created in 1983.

  • As Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have shut down “adult content,” Reddit has become known as the most sex-positive mainstream social media platform.

  • In a world where sex education falls short and largely ignores marginalized people, Reddit’s kink communities also act as an educational tool.

  • This story is part of a series commemorating Reddit’s 15th anniversary.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

“Opening the doors

Read More

Accenture is laying people off as Wall Street braces for big cuts next year

 

Welcome to Wall Street Insider, where we take you behind the scenes of the finance team’s biggest scoops and deep dives from the past week. 

If you aren’t yet a subscriber to Wall Street Insider, you can sign up here.

Accenture is cutting US staff, and top execs just warned of more pain to come as the consulting giant promotes fewer people and looks to control costs, Meghan Morris and Dakin Campbell first reported. Their story got a lot of attention this week, and for good reason. It could be an indicator for how the firm’s own clients are weathering a downturn, and consulting likely won’t be the only industry to feel the crunch.

We also took a look at who’s most at risk once Wall Street kicks off the tidal wave of layoffs many banks had put on pause — and why boutique firms without a strong restructuring practice

Read More

Is It Safe To Let People Use Your Bathroom During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

There are many steps you can take to make the process of letting someone use your bathroom safer. (Photo: Niccoló Pontigia / EyeEm via Getty Images)
There are many steps you can take to make the process of letting someone use your bathroom safer. (Photo: Niccoló Pontigia / EyeEm via Getty Images)

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our social lives in many ways. Perhaps one of the most notable changes is the rise of the physically distanced backyard hangout.

We’ve all seen the images of small groups of people sitting outside and having a drink. Although any sort of gathering does carry some risk for spreading the coronavirus, we know it’s much less easily transmitted outside, where there’s more space and more natural airflow. 

Still, there’s one issue that seems unavoidable: What happens when someone has to use the bathroom?

“The real risk is from person-to-person interaction, so letting someone use your bathroom would not pose a major risk of disease exposure,” said Brian Labus, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ School of

Read More

1.48 million people filed for first-time unemployment last week, worse than predictions

Around 1.48 million people filed for initial unemployment benefits last week, the 14th consecutive week that states have processed over a million first-time applications — and a larger weekly figure than economist predictions of 1.35 million.

While the figures for the week ending June 20 are a far cry from the peak of 6.6 million in March, it is still an astonishing number, and a continuation of the grim ritual that has happened at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday since the pandemic hit, when the Department of Labor announces how many claims have been made for unemployment insurance.

The U.S. economy is showing some signs of improvement — in housing and online retail sales, for instance, but the labor market is still in rough shape.

As the downturn wears on, economists are paying closer attention to continuing claims. According to the latest release from the federal government, around 20 million are

Read More

City to let people getting married see their partner’s abuse history

Domestic violence laws were only introduced in China in 2016
Domestic violence laws were only introduced in China in 2016

A city in eastern China is introducing a system that lets people getting married check if their partner has a history of abuse.

Yiwu, in Zhejiang province, is launching an inquiry service that will be available to residents from 1 July.

Popular news website The Paper says that people who are arranging to get married will soon be able to fill out a form, and see if their partners have any history of violence, “either between family members or during cohabitation”.

All they need to do is provide a formal form of ID, and personal information on the person they are set to marry.

One person is allowed to make a maximum of two inquiries a year, it is reported.

Praise online

Zhou Danying, a member of the women’s federation in the city, has welcomed the move, saying the system

Read More

L.A. falls far short of COVID-19 promise to house 15,000 homeless people in hotels

Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

An ambitious Los Angeles County plan to lease hotel and motel rooms for 15,000 medically vulnerable homeless people is falling far short of its goal and may never provide rooms for more than a third of the intended population.

Project Roomkey has given safe haven to thousands of those it has housed. But as it enters its fourth month, negotiators have secured only 3,601 rooms. That’s only a fourth of the number needed to house all those who are eligible.

As a result, homeless officials are now changing course, saying they will continue working to find permanent housing for all those eligible, whether they first move into hotel rooms or remain on the street.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is scheduled to submit a plan to

Read More

Celebrating Juneteenth, the day the last enslaved people were freed in the US

People across the US and beyond are celebrating a key national day which has a much higher profile this year amid widespread anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Juneteenth – celebrated each year on June 19 – marks the day in 1865 when slavery was abolished in Texas – two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Now, with support growing for the racial justice movement, 2020 may be remembered as the year the holiday reached a new level of recognition.

While the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the South in 1863, it was not enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War two years later.

Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word did not reach the last enslaved black people until June 19, when Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas,

Read More

The 7 worst ways people are spending their tax refunds

Since the pandemic pushed this year’s tax deadline back to July 15, many Americans will be receiving their refund in the coming weeks.

The IRS says people are getting back an average of $2,769 this year, a slight increase from the year before.

But with the economy still struggling and unemployment numbers hovering at record highs, managing your refund wisely is more important than ever.

Here are the seven worst ways to use a 2020 tax refund.

1. Letting it rot in checking accounts

Prapan manuchon / Shutterstock

Setting your tax refund aside in an emergency fund is one of the smartest things you can do. Many financial advisers recommend keeping enough cash on hand to cover at least six months of your regular expenses.

But keep in mind: Where you stash your emergency savings matters a lot.

Don’t just leave your funds in a traditional checking account, which

Read More