Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Black Women
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Last year was the year of racial reckoning throughout the nation. The Black community saw far too many of their own taken in 2020, in the most brutal ways, and the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged with no remorse. During Black History Month, it’s important to not only celebrate Black lives after a year like no other, but to also prioritize personal well-being now more than ever. This list of five Instagram mental health and wellness resources for Black women can help women of color (and others) recharge, refresh, and explore new and healthy ways to self-care and celebrate yourself.
Therapy for Black Girls is an uplifting online space that is committed to supporting mental health issues and make them accessible for Black women. It is a platform for encouragement, support, and communicating with Black women and girls to destigmatize mental health. In addition to its Instagram page, Therapy for Black Girls is also a successful weekly podcast that discusses personal development, pop culture, and ways to become a better you. The podcast is hosted by founder Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, also on Instagram as @hellodrjoy.
If you’re looking for everyday Instagram gems to get you through the day, Nedra Glover Tawwab, licensed therapist and relationship expert (and CircleAround contributor), has you covered. Known as the “boundaries expert” on the social media site, Tawwab will share everything you need to make you realize where you need to draw the line in order to live a better and happier life. She posts tips on how to create and maintain healthy relationships and is releasing a book on ways to establish healthy boundaries. Check out more about of her free resources, her book, and more on her website, nedratawwab.com.
Feeling racial fatigue? After a year of intense racial tension and injustice, Black on Black Therapy is a great source (on Facebook now, website reappearing soon) for figuring out how to adjust your self-care routine in a way that will help rebuild your mental health. This online therapy space, run by Sydney James, a licensed clinical social worker, helps to bring awareness to accessible mental health support, breaking generational stereotypes, and wellness. Check out the Black on Black Therapy free workbook guide to managing racial fatigue here.
This one's for women looking for inspiration. The hey, girl podcast, created and hosted by Alex Elle, is an intimate conversation on women who create, inspire, and prioritize everyday wellness. Listen to ways on how to recharge, deeply heal, find inner peace, and learn how to take care of yourself, by women who do it all. The host, Alex, also has a pretty neat Instagram page filled with daily affirmations and gentle reminders. Check her out at @alex_elle.
Balanced Black Girl
This online wellness space is committed to helping women find their balance, amid everything life may bring. The Balanced Black Girl podcast is also a must-listen for women wanting to feel their best and get real advice from Black wellness experts. Follow the group on Instagram for self-care tips and be sure to check out the Community Healing Guide with curated resources like where to find mental health support, a list for Black-owned companies, and so much more.
This post is part of a month-long February CircleAround series, tied to Black History Month — the first since the loud calls for social justice this past summer — in which we asked writers to explore the topic of race in America from a variety of perspectives. The murder of George Floyd last summer catalyzed a national reckoning on race, with many questions to be answered. To see all the posts in the series — including relevant news stories — visit here. And if you'd like to contribute to the series, send us your thoughts to email@example.com or post on our "2021 Inspiration Wall."