Being a Black woman – sitting at the intersection of racism and misogyny – means constant exposure to stress. Often just existing in the world means experiencing a barrage of inequality, microaggressions, discrimination and danger.
And, as injustice against Black people takes place across the world (and is uploaded to the internet) our first-hand reality is exacerbated by repeated exposure to traumatic images of violence against our communities. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the hurt continues.
Right now, as rightful uproar and protest against Floyd’s murder continues across the U.S., and the world, many Black people are in pain. To help manage this, there are a number of resources we can access, including specialist initiatives for Black women and non-binary people.
Ed's note: Please be aware that these resources are variously intended for use by Black people; BAME people; Black women and/ or Black non-binary people. Check who they are for before accessing them. It's integral that safe spaces are reserved for those who they are intended for.
8 mental health resources for Black women + non-binary people
1/ The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network
The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network, or BAATN for short, is the largest community of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK. Their site hosts a comprehensive directory of therapists of colour practising across the UK, many of which have moved online during the coronavirus pandemic. Unless you’re accessing them via another initiative or scheme, you’ll have to pay for sessions with these therapists, however some offer reduced rates that account for your financial circumstances.
2/ Ethel’s Club
Ethel’s Club is a social and wellness space designed to celebrate people of colour, online and IRL. They’re US-based, but are hosting Black healing and grieving online sessions, facilitated by Black therapists, throughout the month of June. Spaces are booked up for now, but there is a waitlist here.
3/ Black Minds Matter
Black Minds Matter is an organisation that aims to connect Black people with professional mental health services across the UK. They have also created a fund, which will go towards covering the costs of these services. The initiative is brand new, following George Floyd’s death, and there is a fundraiser for it here.
4/ Sista Afya
Community-driven organisation Sista Afya is based in the US, but regularly holds virtual sessions, or Online Sista Support Groups, as a space for healing and support for women across the Black diaspora. Their next scheduled session, on 28 June, is titled “Processing the Movement”, and will be focused around the protests taking place across the world right now.
Healhaus is a US wellness space that is currently hosting online workshops and livestreams due to COVID-19. In the coming weeks, they are hosting some online workshops that are relevant to those feeling overwhelmed by police violence and protests, like Circle of Care for Black Womxn and Breathwork for Trauma.
6/ Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is a community and podcast on Black women’s mental health. Their Instagram regularly posts short-form advice and tips relating to race and mental health to break up your feed – like these four tips on self-care for activists.
7/ PoC Online Classroom
PoC Online Classroom compiles political resources for people of colour, curating syllabi of PDFs, books, videos and zines. Wherever possible, free links to resources are provided. Their self-care page includes a comprehensive reading list for any Black people or other people of colour needing to dedicate time to self-care.
Samaritans is a crucial UK-based 24-hour helpline that simply offers someone to talk to when you’re in a time of need. You don’t need to be experiencing a mental health crisis to access the service – volunteers are trained to actively listen to whatever you need to talk about. You can call, email, or write to a Samaritan, depending on what method of communication you prefer.
It’s worth noting that Samaritans isn’t specific to Black people or people of colour (there is still no UK-based specialised mental health helpline for our demographic), however the service offers free, confidential, and round the clock support when you just need to reach out or offload.
samaritans.org/ Phone: 116 123
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