Resources for African-American & Black Students
Special Message from Our Team:
The Counseling Center joins the Georgia Southern community in expressing our grief, sorrow, and frustration in reaction to the shooting of Jacob Blake and the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Nina Pop, Breonna Taylor and many more—including those that we don’t hear about publicly. These events have reflected a longstanding history of structural and systemic injustice, and racism that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing. While these tragedies are traumatizing, we recognize that they may be especially injurious to members of our Black and African-American communities. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing racial injustice, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions including shock, fear, sadness, anger, and helplessness as the world turns to protesting and social media to facilitate social change. We also recognize that the current health crisis and pandemic has created an additional source of stress during this time, and many students and families may not feel comfortable expressing themselves publicly.
As a mental health service on campus, the Counseling Center would like to invite our students, particularly our African American, Black, and minoritized students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by these traumatic events to utilize the counseling center as a means to help support, cope, and heal if needed during this difficult time. The Counseling Center is available to provide students a safe space for self-expression with culturally-competent staff members who have diverse educational and training backgrounds. Students are welcome to advocate for their counselor preference, which the center will work to accommodate. We offer individual, group, and relationship counseling, psychiatry, outreach, and case management. A counselor is available 24-hours a day by calling either of our office numbers at 912-478-5541 (Statesboro) or 912-344-2529 (Armstrong).
Our team wishes all of our students comfort, support, and validation.
About Racial Battle Fatigue
“Weathering the cumulative effects of living in a society characterized by white dominance and privilege produces a kind of physical and mental wear-and-tear that contributes to a host of psychological and physical ailments.”Dr. Ebony McGee, Vanderbilt University
Racial battle fatigue is defined as the social-psychological stress response associated with being an African-American at a historically White institution. Signs of racial battle fatigue include: frustration, anger, exhaustion, withdrawal behaviors, depressive symptoms, anxious symptoms, physical health concerns (Smith, Allen, & Danley, 2007). Some traditional coping methods, such as high effort coping or grit, can further perpetuate feelings of distress. Alternative coping strategies, such as being a part of a network, participating in social justice causes, engaging spiritual practices, relaxation, and seeking counseling, may be more helpful.
If you would like more information, we recommend reading this article: Racial Microaggressions, Racial Battle Fatigue, and Racism-Related Stress in Higher Education by Jeremy Franklin.
For a printable flier on racial battle fatigue, click here.
Coping with Racism & Discrimination
The content provided here is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by Georgia Southern University. Outside links are not under our control, and we cannot guarantee the content contained on them.
Building Resilience to Manage Indirect Exposure to Terror by American Psychological Association
Common Coping Strategies by Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
Coping With Racism & Discrimination by California State University Monterey Bay
Discrimination: What It Does and How to Cope by American Psychological Association
Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself by Roberta K. Timothy
Healing Justice is How We Can Sustain Black Lives by Prentis Hemphill
Proactively Coping with Racism by Ryan C.T. DeLapp and Dr. Monnica T. Williams
Racial Trauma is Real by Institution for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture
Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress by the Psychology of Radical Healing Collective
Self Care in the Face of Racial Injustice by Therapy for Black Girls
Self-Care: How to Remain Vigilant in Your Pursuit of Justice and Keep Your Spirit Intact by Crystal Whaley at Essence
Self Care for People of Color After Psychological Trauma by Just Jasmine
Why Self-Care is Crucial For People of Color (and Especially Activists) by Nutritious Life
Mental Health & Well-Being Resources
Mental Health Resources of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color by the Northeast Ohio Medical University
Black Well-being & Ally Resources by Columbia University Irving
Emotional Restorative Self-Care video by Brandi Jackson Wellness
Healing for Black Individuals (half-way down the page) by University of Kentucky
“I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired” by University of Michigan
Inclusive Mental Health Resources by Dominique Apollon
Liberate Meditation App by Liberate
Racial Trauma Toolkit by Boston College
Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others by Pepperdine University
Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence podcast by EmbraceRace co-founders Andrew Grant-Thomas and Melissa Giraud
Therapy for Black Girls podcast
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self–preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde
Last updated: 5/17/2022