Counseling Center

Resources for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Individuals and Communities

As a mental health service, UWCC is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by racial trauma. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt.

Practice self-care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” –Audre Lorde

Self-care and self-love are essential when surrounded by racism and hatred of Black bodies. Consider using a meditation resource designed for people of color.

Watch Brandi Jackson’s brief YouTube video for ideas for emotionally restorative self-care for people of color-black people-African Americans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuLT_YQLGF8

Dr. Candice Nicole has a Black Lives Matter Meditation for healing racial trauma focused on using guided meditation to affirm your value and humanity and recenter with love for Black people.

http://drcandicenicole.com/2016/07/black-lives-matter-meditation/

Mindfulness for the People is a Black-owned social change agency dedicated to disrupting systemic whiteness in the mindfulness movement.

http://mindfulnessforthepeople.org/

Liberate Meditation is a free app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Community

https://liberatemeditation.com/

Take a break

Call in black” from all nonessential activities. If you have the option to take a mental-health day from work, use it. If there is an assignment that doesn’t have to be done today, or a part of the group project that doesn’t be have to be done by you, let the work go for a bit. Give yourself permission to prioritize your own healing. Protect your energy.

Find and engage with community

Feeling isolated and burdened to explain your experiences and educate others can worsen the impact of racial trauma. Consider one of these resources to help find community while social distancing.

The Brotherhood Initiative is a cohort-based program that provides opportunities for academic growth and leadership, exploration of intersecting identities, and support to underrepresented men of color at the University of Washington.

http://brotherhoodinitiative.org/

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford founded Therapy for Black Girls to combat the stigma around therapy that might otherwise prevent Black women from seeking care. Therapy for Black Girls now has a podcast and a private community Facebook group.

https://therapyforblackgirls.com/podcast/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/808875152620942/

Be intentional with your social media use

Social media can be a source of support and connection, but it can also be a source of pain and oppression. Check in with yourself before you check social media to see if you feel able to cope with what you will see.  Take steps to curate your content. Consider steps like editing your auto-play setting to avoid having shared videos of situations thrust on you unknowingly, blocking people who are toxic, and following people who are affirming like Lalah Delia (https://www.instagram.com/lalahdelia/) and Maryam Hasnaa (https://www.instagram.com/maryamhasnaa/?hl=en).

Find a counselor who understands

Connecting with a mental health counselor can be one source of support. Finding a counselor who understands your experiences is important. The UWCC is committed to providing culturally sensitive and competent care for all of our students, and we are available to meet with you. If you are currently residing outside of WA or are staff/faculty, there are a number of other organizations who are also available to you, such as the ones listed below.

The Washington Counselors of Color Network works to connect clients with counselors who understand the specific needs of people of color and various cultures.

https://www.multiculturalcounselors.org/

The Black Virtual Therapist Network provides an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide telemental health services.

https://www.beam.community/bvtn

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

https://therapyforblackgirls.com/

The Latinx Therapy directory is a bilingual database that connects individuals with therapists and other providers nationwide.

https://latinxtherapy.com/