Skip to main content

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.

Black Lives Matter: Meditations

Black Lives Matter Resources

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 Tips for Black People Who Are Really Going Through It Right Now by Rachel Miller

Why Self-Care is Crucial For People of Color (and Especially Activists) by Nutritious Life

Tips for Self-Care: When Police Brutality Has You Questioning Humanity and Social Media Is Enough by Dr. Imani J. Walker

44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country

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

The Emotional Impact of Watching White People Wake Up to Racism in Real-time

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

How Restorative Yoga Can Help Heal Racial Wounding

Racial Trauma Toolkit by Boston College

Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People

Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others by Pepperdine University

101 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When the World Feels Overwhelming by Annie Wright

12 Black Mental-Health and Wellness Resources to Follow on Instagram


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

Additional Resources

Georgia Southern Office of Inclusive Excellence

Georgia Southern Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Steve Fund

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is selfpreservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde

Last updated: 5/17/2022