Mental Health Chat: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, Radical Healing, and Black History Month

Hi loves!! How is it the last day of Black History Month (well, according to the US) already?? This month has really flown by for me, how about y’all? Anyways, I’m spending the last day of February reflecting on the meaning I ascribe to Black History Month, what is it about liberating Black minds that excites me, and how did I get to this place. Truthfully, none of my successes or ideas are mine alone. I stand firmly on the broad shoulders of Black people who were brave enough to live fearlessly and authentically. Every day is Black History in the making.

I think back to the book that made me see the world differently: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) by Dr. Joy DeGruy. In this video, I *briefly* walk through the concept of PTSS and end with how I believe the Radical Healing Framework works to address and ameliorate the symptoms of PTSS. I also just can’t explain how freakin grateful I am for everyone who has supported me and grown in community with me. There’s so much that I don’t know & have the privilege to turn a blind eye to because it doesn’t affect me. I’m so thankful for people and experiences that challenge me to be a better human. Let the deep work continue. #BlackHistoryMonth #DecolonizingPsychology #Liberation

Music: Bensound

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