The ongoing violence - both visible and invisible - against people of color in my community and country deeply disturbs, saddens, and angers me. Of course, my experience in this moment is of relatively little importance and says nothing of the lived experiences of black, brown, and indigenous folks who have been, for generations, most directly impacted by this violence. As white therapist, I have a responsibility to unlearning and dismantling white supremacy in myself, my family, and my business, and to show up beyond hashtags for my clients of color. I'm building new avenues of accountability for that process, but my focus in this post is sharing a few resources for mental health support for those most directly impacted by the trauma and grief of racial violence (and for those who love them):
The National Alliance on Mental Illness lists resources and therapist directories at the bottom of this page, as well as anti-racist books of particular necessity to white people.
For Western North Carolinians, A Therapist Like Me offers a directory of minority-identified therapists and a voucher program for minority-identified clients for whom cost is a prohibitive barrier to support.
Counselor Heather Louise shares here five tips for self-care in a time of overt race-based trauma.
Perhaps you have your own empowerment playlist. Here is a Black Lives Matter playlist put together by Spotify.
For us all, but most especially for those whose resilience, trauma, and hope lives in a black or brown body, I'm wishing justice, liberation, and every good.
"Blue Tears" by Jan Slawson Art