Welcome to another episode of BuzzFeed Daily!
On today's episode:
1. Looking back at the past year, if we have to point at any kind of a silver lining to anything we’ve been through, I think it’s this: We’re all talking a lot more about mental health. We’re being a lot more open about communicating our needs. And there are a lot more of us who may be exploring therapy.
BUT this has also brought to light a major issue. Therapy is very white. Overwhelmingly so. And given the amount of trauma we as a nation have been through when it comes to race and identity--it’s becoming clear that it’s probably beneficial to see a therapist you can really relate to. In the absence of diversity in the therapy field--social media is stepping up to fill the void.
BuzzFeed News senior culture editor Estelle Tang recently wrote about how wellness and mental-health-focused Instagram accounts have served as sources of guidance and comfort to her--and a lot of other people. She joined us today to talk about this.
2. If the number of friends in your life dropped during the pandemic, you’re not alone.