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Black Women's Yoga History by
Call Number: HQ1163 .E93 2021
Publication Date: 2021
Examines how Black women elders have managed stress, emphasizing how self-care practices have been present since at least the mid-nineteenth century, with roots in African traditions.
Black Mental Health by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2019
Novel in its approach and unique in its scope, Black Mental Health: Patients, Providers, and Systems examines the role of African Americans within American psychiatric health care from distinct but interconnected perspectives. The experiences of both black patients and the black mental health professionals who serve them are analyzed against the backdrop of the cultural, societal, and professional forces that have shaped their place in this specialized health care arena.
Cultural Trauma: Slavery and the Formation of African American Identity by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2001
In this book, Ron Eyerman explores the formation of the African-American identity through the theory of cultural trauma. The trauma in question is slavery, not as an institution or as personal experience, but as collective memory: a pervasive remembrance that grounded a people's sense of itself.
The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community by
Publication Date: 1999
Through The Healing Wisdom of Africa, readers can come to understand that the life of indigenous and traditional people is a paradigm for an intimate relationship with the natural world that both surrounds us and is within us. The book is the most complete study of the role ritual plays in the lives of African people--and the role it can play for seekers in the West.
Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman's Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic, and Fear by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2003
Do you or someone you love suffer from "bad nerves"? *Denise is constantly on edge. She's convinced something bad is going to happen. *Ruth will drive an hour out of her way to avoid driving over a bridge. When she has to do it, her chest thumps, her heart starts racing, and she breaks out in a sweat. She's beginning to think she shouldn't leave her house. *Bernice hasn't slept in two months for fear that the witch is going to ride her again. What do these women have in common? They are struggling with crippling anxiety disorders. Thousands of Black women suffer from anxiety. What's worse is that many of us have been raised to believe we are Strong Black Women and that seeking help shows weakness. So we often turn to dangerous quick fixes that only exacerbate the problem -- like overeating and drug and alcohol abuse -- or we deny that we have problems at all. In Soothe Your Nerves, Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett explains which factors can contribute to anxiety, panic, and fear in Black women and offers a range of healing methods that will help you or a loved one reclaim your life. Here finally is a blueprint for understanding and overcoming anxiety from a psychological, spiritual, and Black perspective.
Memoir and personal narratives on mental illness
Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2009
Terrie Williams knows that Black people are hurting. She knows because she's one of them. Terrie had made it: she had launched her own public relations company with such clients as Eddie Murphy and Johnnie Cochran. Yet she was in constant pain, waking up in terror, overeating in search of relief. For thirty years she kept on her game face of success, exhausting herself daily to satisfy her clients' needs while neglecting her own. Terrie finally collapsed, staying in bed for days. She had no clue what was wrong or if there was a way out. She had hit rock bottom and she needed and got help. She learned her problem had a name -- depression -- and that many suffered from it, limping through their days, hiding their hurt. As she healed, her mission became clear: break the silence of this crippling taboo and help those who suffer.
Heavy: An American Memoir by
Call Number: BCC E185.97.L394 A3 2018
Publication Date: 2018
In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we've been.
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by
Publication Date: 2016
In Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith chronicles his own personal and political education during these tumultuous years, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world that denied his humanity. Smith unapologetically upends reigning assumptions about black masculinity, rewriting the script for black manhood so that depression and anxiety aren't considered taboo, and feminism and LGBTQ rights become part of the fight. The questions Smith asks in this book are urgent -- for him, for the martyrs and the tokens, and for the Trayvons that could have been and are still waiting.
The Mother of Black Hollywood by
Call Number: BCC PN2287.L434 A3 2017
Publication Date: 2017
When an undiagnosed mental illness stymies Jenifer's career, culminating in a breakdown while filming The Temptations, her quest for wholeness becomes a harrowing and inspiring tale, including revelations of bipolar disorder and sex addiction. Written with no-holds-barred honesty and illustrated with more than forty color photographs, this gripping memoir is filled with insights gained through a unique life that offers a universal message: "Love yourself so that love will not be a stranger when it comes."
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2017
In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology. The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police. My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.
Willow Weep for Me: a Black woman's journey through depression by
Call Number: BCC RC537 .D295 1998
Publication Date: 1999
Absorbing and inspirational...A vividly textured flower of a memoir that will surely stand as one of the finest to come along in years.' - The Washington Post A loving memoir of a black woman's lifelong fight to identify and overcome depression that offers an inspirational story of healing and emergence.'
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2017
From the unforgettable teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga, a book that breaks all the stereotypes. It's a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we. It's a book for readers already doing yoga, looking to refresh their practice or find new ways to stay motivated. It's a how-to book: Here are easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full color. It's a book that challenges the larger issues of body acceptance and the meaning of beauty. Most of all, it's a book that changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn't about how one looks, but how one feels, with yoga sequences like "I Want to Energize My Spirit," "I Need to Release Fear," "I Want to Love Myself."
Guide to Black Lafayette
Guide to Black Lafayette
Discover & connect with great businesses in the Greater Lafayette community like grocery stores, barbershops, and predominantly Black religious services. You can access the guide through the link above.
Includes links to resources discussed during the panel presentation.
The Black Breath Project: Breathing While Black
"The Black Breath Project is a project highlighting the importance of breath, barriers that interrupt connection to breath in Black bodies, and practices to support connection to deep, restorative breath. Created by three Black women yogis who work in health and human services, we use photography, visual art, social media, workshops, pop-ups, and printed materials to enhance quality of breath, and therefore life, for the Black diasporic community."
Black Girl in Om
"Creating space for black women to breathe easy."
Black Girl In Om exists to hold and catalyze healing within black women around the world on their unique journeys towards wholeness. We support the necessary transformation, spiritual awakening, consciousness shifts, and intergenerational healing occurring within the diaspora.
Black Men Heal
Healed Men Heal Men
To provide access to mental health treatment, psycho-education, and community resources to men of color.
Black Mental Health Alliance
To develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and vulnerable communities.
Black Mental Wellness
The mission of Black Mental Wellness, Corp. is to provide access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, to highlight and increase the diversity of mental health professionals, and to decrease the mental health stigma in the Black community.
Eustress, Inc. was born out of the desire to bring awareness to the importance of acknowledging, improving and preserving mental health, a topic often marked by stigma and denial, particularly in the black community.
At Eustress, Inc., we start conversations about mental health with members of the black community at large, paying special attention to students, young adults and athletes. In these conversations, we help people acknowledge negative stressors they may face and the impact they have on mental health. Additionally, we provide mental health management and coping mechanisms to empower people to take control of their mental health, and find sources of eustress. This work is done through educational content, interactive programming and strategic partnerships with other mission-driven organizations.
Throughout the pandemic, HealHaus has been offering healing workshops, as well as donation-based yoga, meditation, and healing sessions.
Light Watkins is a bestselling author, an accomplished meditation teacher, founder of The Shine Movement, and an inspirational keynote speaker and workshop leader. He has delivered over 500 hundred wellness-themed talks around the globe since 2007.
The Loveland Foundation
The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. Her enthusiastic social media community raised over $250,000, which made it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations.
The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities we serve.
Melanin and Mental Health
Find a Black therapist, listen to the podcast "Between Sessions," and peruse their additional resources page
NAMI - Black and African American people
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) page on Identity and Cultural Dimensions for Black and African American people
The Nap Ministry: Rest as Resistence
The Nap Ministry was founded in 2016 by Tricia Hersey and is an organization that examines the liberating power of naps. We engage with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred and safe spaces for the community to rest together. We facilitate immersive workshops and curate performance art that examines rest as a radical tool for community healing. We believe rest is a form of resistance and name sleep deprivation as a racial and social justice issue.
Rest for Resistance
Rest for Resistance is a grassroots, trans-led organization uplifting LGBTQIA+ individuals, namely trans and queer people of color. As a platform, it fosters a safe online space that promotes meditation as an act of resistance, and features art, writing, and a directory of intersectional mental-health resources.
Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff
Includes guided meditations and self-compassion exercises, as well as tips for practicing compassion for oneself.
Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness
At Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness, we believe that together, Black women across the African Diaspora can sustain their mental wellness through connecting to resources and supporting one another.
Sista Afya is a social enterprise that provides low-cost mental wellness services that center the experiences of Black women. We believe that by making mental wellness simple, accessible, affordable, and centered around Black women's experiences, more people will get what they need to have a full, whole life.
Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness has a community support approach to mental wellness. We believe that community support for people living with mental health conditions can foster healing, growth, freedom, and self-actualization.
Therapy for Black Girls
To be seen,
to be heard,
and to be
So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.
NPR Code Switch
What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.
Balanced Black Girl
Balanced Black Girl is a podcast dedicated to helping you feel your best. Tune in for approachable health, self-care, personal development, and well-being advice from Black women wellness experts.
Black Zen and the Weekly Wellness
This podcast is a weekly discussion on selected wellness topics designed to make you laugh, provide insight and support meditation-based practices.
Black Mental Health Podcast
The black mental health podcast is dedicated to understanding and unraveling the mental issues in the African American community. It showcases real life stories to bridge the gap between people who feel alone in their struggles. With the stigma of therapy being a "white people thing' coupled with the cost of therapy, black people are left to deal with mental health issues on their own. The black mental health podcast is here not as a replacement to therapy but as an alternative.
Therapy for Black Girls Podcast
The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.
[dope therapists + dope conversations] from Melanin & Mental Health. Two brown chicks changing the face of therapy on both sides of the couch.
These dope therapists also created an online directory of melanated therapists.
Naming It features Bay Area Psychologists, Dr. Bedford Palmer & Dr. LaMisha Hill, who explore the intersections of Social Justice, Psychology, & Blackness. They introduce aspects of counseling psychology that are not commonly thought of, and engage listeners in a conversation about pop-culture and current events in a way that delves deeper, and focuses on how it all impacts on our lives. The Mission of Naming It is to call out the elephant in the room, and to call in the voices of social justice that are normally muted.
The Mindful Muslim
Discussions on mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality featuring mental health professionals.
Fireflies Unite With Kea
Fireflies Unite Podcast With Kea is a weekly podcast from the perspective of individuals thriving with a mental illness created by suicide survivor T-Kea Blackman. The mission of the podcast is to bring light into darkness (just like the fireflies), encourage people of color to seek treatment and end the stigma and raise awareness. We want to show that mental illness does not have "a look"; it includes everyday high-functioning people. The podcast is also designed for people to see how everyday decisions impact their mental health and overall wellness such as finances, relationships, and nutrition.
Celeste The Therapist
The purpose of CelesteTheTherapist is to help shift the way you think. Many times, we get stuck in a negative cycle and struggle with getting out. Celeste will interview guests from different backgrounds who empower people in different capacities.