Black people are tired, overwhelmed, sad, and rightfully angry. All of those emotions can make you feel like you’re drowning. Here are some resources to help you with coping and finding your black joy again. It’s a beautiful thing to have people who look like you to talk to and understand exactly how you feel.
1. Take a social media break.
Social media is the new way to get your news but the more you’re watching the more traumatic and depressing it can get. The Black Lives Matter movement isn’t going to die down anytime soon, do yourself a favor and take time to recenter yourself.
2. Make a group chat/support group for you and your friends.
It’s so important that you have people that you can lean on at this crazy time in history. If you’re anything like me, I grew up in a predominantly white area so having black friends to talk about your feelings, microaggressions, and so much more to is so necessary.
3. Cut off toxic people.
This kind of goes with number 1, but don’t let anyone’s gaslighting affect you more than it already has. For me, talking about police brutality was almost always met with the “black on black” crime argument. No need to argue real facts anymore.
4. Consume the celebration of #BlackJoy
Watching documentaries about black people suffering significant systemic racism isn’t your job, that’s what our allies should be doing to educate themselves. You don’t need to be taking in any more trauma. Your job is to take in as much love of your culture as possible. Read, watch, and make art by us for us. Listen to music that is uplifting for you, look at hair inspo, or watch old episodes of Girlfriends.
Mental Health Resources
This nonprofit collective is made up of artists, therapists, religious leaders, activists, and more who are committed to the emotional and mental health, and healing of Black communities. Their website consists of resources that promote wellness, emotional regulation, and coping skills and information on how to find a black or culturally competent therapist.
This organization is run by two black women who are therapists. On their website offers a directory of therapists that are culturally aware and competent, a podcast, and other resources to help.
This app offers meditations and talks all for the “BIPOC experience.” There are about 40 teachers that are black, indigenous, and people of color. They offer financial assistance for those who need it and focus on healing by offering resources for common experiences, like internalized racism and microaggressions.
This provides mental health resources to black women and girls and even has a whole podcast to listen to to help with coping and has a membership-based support group.
A free app created by a black woman that survived a suicide attempt. This app features information about mental health as well as self-care tips and resources that are available.