#BlackMentalHealthMatters is a zine-based archive that aims to capture and elevate Black queer and trans people's stories of trauma, community, and resilience. In this moment of hyper-visibility surrounding police killings of Black people, many studies have come out proving what we already know and feel - the explicit link between experiences of racism (i.e. repeated viewings of Black Death) and deep trauma.
#BlackMentalHealthMatters is interested in 1) recording current stories of Black queer and trans people’s mental health narratives, 2) learning the many ways folks are already coping with race-based trauma and 3) exploring how can we tangibly create communities that center our stories / our struggles while providing strategies towards healing. It is our hope that #BlackMentalHealthMatters can provide a shared URL and IRL space for storytelling and community healing.
Sharina Gordon & Zakiya Collier