Black Mental Health
Summer 2020 has illuminated for many the country’s legacy of systemic injustices based on race. The targeted violence towards Black people in the U.S. goes back centuries and for many Black Americans, the illumination is not new. While many people across the country have been engaged in many forms of activism, Counseling and Consultation Service recognizes that our Black student body is being affected as well. CCS shares in the outrage at the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others, and we stand in solidarity with our Black student population.
This page is a step in our commitment to Black Lives Matter as we want to offer resources for Black Ohio State students to engage in healing and positive connection. Here you can find the information about our Black clinicians, groups, and workshops designed for Black students as well as other resources curated for celebrating Black lives.
Healing and Connection
Recent events of bias and racialized violence in our country have elicited overwhelming feelings of fear, empathy, and outrage for many of us and our families and loved ones. Not only this, but we are seeing increased momentum towards radical changes as a result of our coming together to support one another in different ways. As opposed to past occurrences like these, when we have been able to seek out classmates or friends to check in and process our reactions, our current physically distanced environment poses new challenges for how we support each other.
This space is intended for Black students to share thoughts, feelings, and concerns about the impact of these events and how you are maintaining your wellbeing during this time, please consider joining us in a zoom processing space. This will simply be an opportunity for students to come together, reflect, support, and process through their state of well-being at this time.
Please schedule a phone screening if you are interested in joining.
- You Good Man? - A support/process group for Black people (inclusive of the African diaspora) who are male identified to discuss topics and issues of masculinity and how assumptions and expectations impact Black lived experiences.
- Sisters in Solidarity - A process/support group for women who identify as African American or Black to discuss shared experiences.
Let’s Talk Drop-In Consultations
Want an informal consultation with a Black counselor from CCS? Sign-up for a time and a counselor can meet with you by Zoom or phone. Currently, Peter Oduwole, Audia Fraley, and Re’Sean Johnson are available to speak with you. Please feel free to select one of them when scheduling your session.
Resources outside of Ohio State University:
- Digital Self-care for Black individuals coping with trauma
- Tips For Self-Care: When Police Brutality Has You Questioning Humanity and Social Media Is Enough
- Emotionally Restorative Self-Care for People of Color
- The Road to Resilience
- 101 Ways to Take Care of Yourself when the World Feels Overwhelming
- BEAM: Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
- Healing in Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives
- Live Another Day