This network is a tribe, community and safe space for Black women to heal and start the journey to live their best lives.
It’s often difficult for people to see that another person is suffering when they are smiling, being promoted at work, making moves in their businesses or “balancing” their careers, families and love lives. It can be difficult to make sense of depression, anxiety or an eating disorder when that person is deemed “successful” in our eyes.
For Black women, this veil is even thicker, as societal and familial pressures, expectations and perceptions require us to be all things to everyone, at all times.
The “Strong Black Woman” stereotype, among others, has created a cloud of shame, hopelessness and fear surrounding mental health to the point where it seems like the only option Black women have is to suffer in silence rather than seek the healing we desire and need. We know, because we have been here many times before.
Through this community, we will deconstruct the stigmas surrounding mental health; encourage those around us to realize that mental illness does not “look” any particular way; create a safe, loving space for Black women to share their truth; and help Black women experiencing the same challenges see that they are not alone and healing is possible. We also want Black women to know that they matter, their pain matters and they are loved.
The Black Girl, Bleu community is your perfect place if you desire to: