Why We Need To Write Our Own Mental Health Narratives | Black Ballad

It is perhaps unsurprising that in a world where prejudice and discrimination are rampant, merely existing can invoke trauma upon our minds and bodies. I find myself thinking about this a lot, the difficulties of simply existing as who we are. Maybe it was my experience of immigrating from rural Jamaica to inner-city London and […]

#16blogs for #IDEVAW: Beyond ‘resilience’: black women and mental health | Imkaan

“but bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical dilemma/ i haven’t conquered yet/ do you see the point my spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of soul & gender” – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf A word frequently used to describe […]

Black Women on Eating Disorders, Body Image & Thinness | Black Ballad

“A common misconception about people with an eating disorder is that black people don’t have eating disorders. With anorexia nervosa in particular, we tend to think that only over sensitive middle-class white girls fall prey to this illness.” – Jada*, aged 27 Only white girls get eating disorders. You would be forgiven for believing this… Read article here: […]

Three Black Women Discuss Their First Time Experiences With Mental Health | Black Ballad

“I was 8 when I realised that the brain could go wrong. We were in the middle of class and the girl on the table next to me started shaking. The teacher told us to move the chairs and tables out the way. Her brain just gets too excited sometimes. Epilepsy.” Read article here: Three Black […]

Creating Space for Ourselves: Ain’t I a Woman?

“People ask me: ‘why do you need an African-Caribbean Society?’, ‘why do you all hang out together?’, ‘why are you separating yourselves – isn’t this making racism worse?’… I think people forget that humans always divide themselves. When I look around my college people are divided up based on their class, they divide themselves based […]