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Mental Health in the black community.

These posts will focus on the journey of Black women and mental health. This blog was created to focus on mental health in the black community.

Black Women

A Letter to Black Women

February 20, 2020

Dear Black Women,

 

It is time to lay your burdens down. You cannot carry the weight of the world any longer. You haven’t been able to do so for a long time. Can’t you see that it is holding you back? It is quite literally killing you from the inside out.

 

Healing

I have watched scores of posts of black women on social platforms, such as the Red Table Talk and other FB groups, airing out their relationship issues instead of seeking the proper resources. When will we understand that these kinds of feedback do not help us because these are all opinions based on other people’s personal experiences? These also do not tackle the deeper issues within you. They don’t begin to address the deeply rooted traumas that you live with day in and day out.

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Black Mental Health, Black Women

Black Women Health and Wellness

May 23, 2018

Photo by Clarke Sanders on Unsplash

Let’s face it…the health and wellness of black women is not a priority of the society that we live in. Black women face the intersection of gender and race minority (double minority). If you are an immigrant, such as myself, you stand in the center of a 3-way minority junction. The term “intersectionalilty” highlights intersections such as these very well for people of color. Health and wellness for black women is an area that is sorely needs more support.

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Black Mental Health, Black Women

5 Self-care Tips for Mothers Everywhere

May 16, 2018
Blak mother and son

Photo credit: Eloise Ambursley/Unsplash

So, in this month – May – we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States and parts of the Caribbean. Many of us will be heading out to seek out the perfect Mother’s Day presents, scheduling our Mother’s Day specials (brunches, dinners, massages, etc), and generally obsessing about the perfect Mother’s Day for our loved ones. So, as a mother myself, and surrounded by my own mother and mother-in-law, of course, I will be doing the same!

Of course, I had to join the Mother’s Day festivities. What can we say about mothers? They are awesome. We know there are mothers who have this name in roles only. But we have to give thanks for the women in our lives that love us unconditionally and support us. Most of these precious women tend to care for everyone but themselves. This has been our socialization.

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Black Women

What Does Intersectionality Mean in Mental Health?

October 11, 2017

Image courtesy of Kimberlé’s Twitter

 Intersectionality

The term intersectionality, coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and scholar, describes the overlap of social group categorizations (race, gender, social class, etc) and its relationships to systems of oppression and discrimination.

The term intersectionality as it relates to mental health is important as the term can help minority groups describe our experiences as we navigate our social and political worlds. As Kimberlé noted in her TedTalk, when we are unable to name an issue, we are unable to fix the issue.

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Black Women

3 Lessons on Black Love

September 21, 2017

Photo credit: William Stitton/Unsplash

I first became familiar with the ‘black love’ term when the Obamas became the first family of the US. I didn’t fully understand the need to have a specific term to describe a black couple. The Obamas and the Carters have become the gold standard of black relationships in the US.

Maybe that’s because of the preoccupation with social media and the need to find role models that we can identify with.  This creates a certain amount of pressure to adhere to a society-approved relationship model as well as completely undermining those relationships that exists outside of the spotlight and have managed to thrive.

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