Amandla Stenberg Shares Mental Health Resources for Black Women
The star of The Hate U Give has been sharing mental health resources with her fans during the fight for Black Lives Matter.
Like many people, Amandla Stenberg has been deeply engaged in the fight against racism happening across the globe. Black Lives Matter protesters have been marching for the end of racial injustice since George Floyd was killed by policemen in Minneapolis, MN.
On her Instagram, Stenberg highlighted bail funds, promoted petitions, and shared resources with her followers. She also demanded justice for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed in her own home by law enforcement in Louisville, KY. Being an intersectional feminist, Stenberg expressed the need to emphasize the struggles of Black women in the Black Lives Matter movement.
“This movement must protect and honor the black femmes and trans women existing at intersections of oppression,” she wrote in one of her Instagram captions.
Stenberg also took the time to check-in with her followers regarding their mental health. On June 15, she expressed her solidarity with the mental health struggles many people were going through. Hoping to help, Stenberg shared information about The Loveland Foundation, an organization committed to providing financial aid for Black women to access therapy. She also encouraged her followers to donate to the group, saying that she was going to do that as well.
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Happy Wednesday y’all, take this middle of the week reminder to invest in yourself. Audre Lorde said that self care is political “caring for myself is self indulgence, it is self preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” Allow therapy to be apart of your self care and go check out @selfcareisforeveryone and take a look at some of the therapists they have partnered with to provide sliding scale therapy sessions.
“I wish I could wrap every black girl who feels sick to their stomach with love,” she shared in her caption. “I hope you can rest today and be gentle to yourself. I keep having to remind myself to take a deep breath to help release the knot in my gut. Therapy helps a lot.”
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Thank you for stating this with such clarity @alima_lee I wish I could wrap every black girl who feels sick to their stomach with love. I hope you can rest today and be gentle to yourself. I keep having to remind myself to take a deep breath to help release the knot in my gut. Therapy helps a lot. For anyone who may be in need, @thelovelandfoundation provides financial assistance to black women and girls who are seeking therapy- link is in my highlights underneath “Therapy”. Oh and white pipo! You should click on that link too and head over to the Donate section- right about now would be a good time to redistribute those coins and invest in the mental health of black women by contributing to the fund. That’s def what I’m gonna be doing today.
We believe that fighting for the end of racial injustice is important, but we also know that it is crucial for everyone to pay attention to their mental health. Take a breath, check-in with yourself, and make sure to care for your mind as well. If you are able to donate to the Loveland Foundation or would like to learn about their programs, you can click here to access their website.