Black Trauma + Mental Health Resources Round-Up

A resource round-up provided by Women’s Center staff member, Meagé Clements

In case you missed yesterday’s roundtable on Black Trauma and Mental Health (or if you were there and want to keep the conversation going), I thought it might be useful to share some resources that have helped me, as a Black woman, deal with my own experiences of Black trauma. It’s hard to summarize everything that was discussed; however much of the discussion revolved around the problematic “Strong Black Woman” stereotype. We also discussed the experiences of tokenization, involuntary (or feeling it necessary to have to be the) spokesperson in class, and microagressions. Black trauma isn’t just one kind of experience, and certainly isn’t only what is captured by the media. Rather it is a daily and ongoing experience – much like a death by a 1000 cuts. Below are just a few resources I’ve found helpful in learning that I, too, can be strong AND vulnerable.

The poem Dr. Jasmine Abrams shared: The Strong Black Woman is Dead

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Dr. Abrams kicked off the discussion by asking us to close our eyes as she read the poem, “The Strong Black Woman is Dead”

News Outlets and Blogs:

NPR: Codeswitch – Frontiers of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity

Code Switch is a team of seven NPR journalists who cover race, ethnicity and culture. Our work appears on-air and online, across NPR’s shows and digital outlets. We produce this blog, a Tumblra Twitter stream, and a Facebook feed.”

For Harriet – Celebrating the Fullness of Black Womanhood

“For Harriet is an online community for women of African ancestry. We encourage women, through storytelling and journalism, to engage in candid, revelatory dialogue about the beauty and complexity of Black womanhood. We aspire to educate, inspire, and entertain.”

@ForHarriet on Twitter | forharriet on Facebook

Black Girl Dangerous – Amplifying the Voices of Queer and Trans People of Color

“BGD seeks to, in as many ways as possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans people of color… BGD is a place where we can make our voices heard on the issues that interest us and affect us, where we can showcase our literary and artistic talents, where we can cry it out, and where we can explore and express our “dangerous” sides: our biggest, boldest, craziest, weirdest, wildest selves.”

Articles and Books on the subject:

Between the World and Me
Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
Racial Bias in Perceptions of Others’ Pain
I Don’t Feel Your Pain – A Failure of Empathy Perpetuates Racial Disparities
‘I Can’t Breath’: African-Americans, Race Trauma, and PTSD
Dark Times Under the Radar: Black Women and Mental Illness
Racism’s Psychological Toll


On-campus resources:

UMBC Counseling Center
Women of Color Coalition
Critical Social Justice (October 2016)

Thanks to our panel members for sharing their experiences related to mental health and black trauma. Pictured left to right: Dr. Jasmine Abrams, Brianna Jackson, Dr. Tammy Henderson, & Donna-Lee Mahabeer

Thanks to our panel members for sharing their experiences related to mental health and black trauma. Pictured left to right: Dr. Jasmine Abrams, Brianna Jackson, Dr. Tammy Henderson, & Donna-Lee Mahabeer

Read More from Other Roundtable Roundups:
White Womanhood + Critical Whiteness Resources Round-Up (September 2015)

 

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