We hope you all are doing well and staying safe. With the global pandemic and recent eruptions of injustice and violence in our country, we at Capillaries believe it is important now, more than ever, to stand together in solidarity and to amplify the voices and stories of those who have long been silenced. We hope this journal has been and will continue to be a safe space to share stories of healing and grief.
This year, we were honored to receive the 2019-2020 Resilience & Compassion Seed Fund (https://wellbeing.uw.edu/resilience-lab/seed-grants/) and most recently, the 2020 Husky Empowerment Award (which is given to one UW student organization that has successfully engaged and empowered the UW community: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCrEYfEAHCa/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet). We are humbled to have been able to help members of our community find their voice and reclaim their narratives, and we hope to continue doing so for the years to come~
We would also like to share our most recent Spring 2020 journal with you (uploaded now to our website!) Featured here are 60 works that explore a range of experiences from before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: coping with love and loss, anxiety, shame, suicidal ideation, and sexual assault; coming to terms with one’s personal identity; caring for patients in war zones; caring for one’s family and for patients during this pandemic; and even engaging in research to better understand the human response to PTSD and our capacity for resilience. We believe these stories provide our community with an important and timely opportunity to learn from one another about how we cope with and grow from difficult circumstances. Our hope especially is that these stories provide you with the realization –and the solace –that despite our physical separation and isolation, you are truly not alone.