By Liz Hensler
Each week, we post a compilation of articles, publications, videos, podcasts, events etc. we’ve learned from across the web. This week, we’ve compiled resources to learn more about the current conversations, critiques and debates about the intersections of mental health, race, and activism with the lens of the Black Lives Matter movement.
- ‘Bear Our Pain’: The Plea for More Black Mental Health Workers, Yuki Noguchi (NPR)
- The Toll of Activism and Political Work, Melissa Lee (Supermaker)
- Activism’s Impact on Mental Health Can Be Devastating. Here’s How Experts Want to Close the Gap, Nylah Burton (Bustle)
- How to Stay Sane While Black, Morgan Parker (New York Times)
- From coronavirus to protests, it’s been a stressful time for the Black community. These healers share their tips for coping, Natachi Onwuamaegbu (The Seattle Times)
- How to actually deal with the mental health impacts of racism while talk of race and Black Lives Matter is everywhere, Yasmin Jeffery (Heywire)
- Black Suicidality and Mental Health #BlackLives Matter, Samantha Lilly (Mad in America)
- Virus, racism pose more health risks for black Americans, Sandhya Raman (RollCall)
- I’m a Black therapist, and this is why neglecting your mental health could be lethal today, Sheila Robinson-Kiss (NBC News)
- Black Lives Matter: Mental Health Resources For And By People of Color, Reina Gattuso (TalkSpace)
- Race and Mental Health, Resource Round Up (Project LETS)
- A Therapist Explains Why Activists Should Take Care of Their Mental Health – And How to Do It, Maggie Ryan (Popsugar)
- Youth Activists Power Global Protest Movements but Sacrifice Mental Health, Claire Wang (The Prospect)
Watch and Listen:
- Setting the stage: Why Racial Injustice is a Community Psychiatry Issue for Patients, Clinicians, and Health Systems, Panel Event (American Association for Community Psychiatry)
- Black Lives Matter and Mental Health, YouTube (Living Well with Schizophrenia)
- Save The World And Your Mind: How To Avoid Burning Out In Activism, The Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU 88.5 American University Radio)
- Mental Health – The Blind Stigma, Stacy-Ann Buchanan (TED Talk)
- Black Mental Health Matters, Phillip J. Roundtree (TED Talk)
- Reimagining Mental Health Discourse Among African Americans, Shaun J. Fletcher, PhD (TED Talk)
What resonated with you? What do you agree with, disagree with? Additional resources? Comment below!
Liz Hensler, MPA (she/her/hers) is the founder of Do Good, Better. She works in philanthropy in the humanitarian aid sector and has a background in NGO program management, corporate and community engagement, volunteer management, and communications. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.