Welcome

As a Black female youth, your journey through life is uniquely powerful and filled with possibilities. Udada is dedicated to supporting and empowering you on this path of self-discovery and growth. Our website is a treasure trove of culturally relevant resources and information, carefully tailored to your experiences.

We understand that your potential is limitless, and your well-being is of paramount importance. That’s why we provide an extensive Toolbox filled with tools and resources designed to help you become the best version of yourself.

At the Udada Project, we firmly believe that knowledge is a catalyst for change. We invite you to educate yourself through our comprehensive resources and join us in reshaping the conversation about mental health and personal growth within our community.

Together, we can illuminate the path to a brighter future for Black female youth, where your dreams and aspirations are fully realized. Explore, learn, and thrive with Udada! Your journey is our shared journey, and together, we can empower and uplift one another as we navigate the exciting road ahead.

Videos on Stress Reduction Techniques

Stress is an everyday challenge that many of us encounter, but rest assured, there are effective methods to help you navigate it. We have thoughtfully handpicked a selection of video tutorials hosted by professionals who specialize in stress reduction. Our aim is to equip you with techniques that not only promote relaxation and diminish anxiety but also empower you on your path to mental well-being.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Video: Progressive Muscle Relaxation: An Essential Anxiety Skill
Hosted by: Emma McAdam, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Join Emma McAdam, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as she guides you through Progressive Muscle Relaxation. This technique is your key to releasing pent-up muscle tension and discovering a serene inner calm.

Box Breathing Technique

Video: Box Breathing Technique with a 5-2 Pattern: Calm Anxiety, relax your Mind
Hosted
by: Jodi Aman, Certified Mindfulness Coach

Meet Jodi Aman, a certified mindfulness coach, and embark on a journey to master the Box Breathing technique. This powerful exercise has the potential to soothe your mind and bring you back to center. Learn how to breathe your way to inner peace.

Guided Imagery for Relaxation

Video: 10-Minute Guided Meditation for Beginners to Clear Thoughts
Hosted by: Jessamyn Stanley, Yoga Instructor

Jessamyn Stanley offers an important insight: the pursuit of perfect peace and calm may be elusive. Instead, she suggests acknowledging your thoughts. Over time, this inner dialogue will quiet, revealing a serene state. Give her 10-minute beginner’s meditation a try and let us know how it affects you.

A Reminder

Remember that it is okay to seek support and talk about your feelings with trusted individuals. These techniques are meant to complement professional help, and if you’re experiencing severe stress or mental health concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional for guidance and support.

Udada is here to support Black female youth in their journey to mental wellness. We hope these stress reduction techniques help you find peace, calm, and resilience.

Udada’s Reading list: Explore These Must-Reads

Welcome to our sanctuary of knowledge, designed exclusively for Black Female Youth. At Udada, we understand the pivotal role mental well-being plays in your journey. Dive into these carefully chosen books, crafted to provide guidance, insights, and empowerment as you embark on a transformative path towards enhanced mental health and self-discovery.

  1. “The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health”
    • Author: Rheeda Walker
    • Explore the multifaceted aspects of mental health within the Black community and gain invaluable insights and guidance.
  2. “Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches”
    • Author: Audre Lorde
    • Delve deep into the intersection of identity, race, and mental well-being through Audre Lorde’s seminal work.
  3. “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting”
    • Author: Terrie M. Williams
    • Compassionately explore the mental health struggles faced by Black individuals, offering a path to healing.
  4. “The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love”
    • Author: Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Discover the transformative power of self-love and self-acceptance as foundational elements of mental health.
  5. “Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability”
    • Authors: Stephanie Y. Evans, Kanika Bell, Nsenga K. Burton
    • Embark on an interdisciplinary exploration of the challenges Black women face in their mental health journey. Reject stereotypes and embrace a new framework for wellness.

Dive into these literary gems, and let the pages unfold a tapestry of wisdom and understanding. Happy reading!

Udada Podcast Spotlight: Explore These Top Picks

We are excited to present a handpicked selection of podcasts that offer genuine insights and thoughtful reflections. From the therapeutic wisdom of Dr. Joy Harden Bradford to the candid discussions at the Red Table, our recommendations are tailored to nourish your mind and spirit. So, grab your headphones, and let these voices accompany you on a meaningful exploration of mental health, resilience, and self-discovery. It’s time to elevate your well-being!

  1. Therapy for Black Girls
  • Dr. Joy Harden Bradford guides you through the labyrinth of Black women’s experiences, addressing everything from colorism to thriving as a business owner. This podcast is a sanctuary for navigating the nuances of daily life, fostering resilience, and featuring insights from fellow Black mental health professionals. Explore, learn, and grow with Therapy for Black Girls. Tune in on iTunes, and Spotify.
  1. Red Table Talk
  • Join Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris at the Red Table for candid conversations on mental health, relationships, and life’s complexities. This Hollywood-powered trio opens up about codependency, addictions, and family dynamics. Real stories, real vulnerability – dive into the heart of human connection with Red Table Talk. Tune in on Facebook.
  1. Black Girls Heal
  • Embark on a journey of healing with licensed therapist Sheena Tubbs. Black Girls Heal is your compass for overcoming trauma, codependency, and transforming love patterns. Sheena’s practical advice and valuable resources pave the way for personal growth, guiding you toward a healthier, happier you. Tune in on iTunes and Spotify
  1. Peace of Mind with Taraji
  • Step into the world of Taraji P. Henson and Tracie Jade as they host “Peace of Mind,” a Facebook show that tackles mental health issues within the Black community. From police brutality to anxiety, this dynamic duo explores it all, featuring therapists and everyday individuals sharing their stories. Join the conversation for insight, understanding, and healing. Tune in on Facebook.
  1. Black Girl in Om
  • Lauren Ash, the visionary behind Black Girl in Om, invites you to explore the intersection of wellness, spirituality, and consciousness. Centering Black women, this podcast provides resources for a nourishing self-care routine. Join the community, embrace healing, and awaken to your fullest self with Black Girl in Om. Tune in on Spotify.

Immerse yourself in the rich narratives and insightful conversations of these podcasts. Let the spoken words weave a tapestry of resilience, empowerment, and self-discovery. Happy listening!

Articles and Web Resources

Therapy for Black Girls
An empowering online space dedicated to promoting the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

Berkley News: Does Being a ‘Superwoman’ Protect African American Women’s Health?
Explores the impact of the “strong black woman” stereotype on the health of African American women confronting racial discrimination.

This meticulously curated list provides a diverse array of perspectives and resources to empower and support Black Female Youth on their unique mental health journeys. Take your time, explore, and remember that prioritizing self-care is an essential step in nurturing your mental well-being. Your mental health matters, and we’re here to help you thrive.

Ontario’s Mental Health Compass: Navigate Diverse Support

Explore diverse mental health support in Ontario with our guide. From CMHA branches to specialized programs, find the help you need for all ages and communities here.

Worksheets & Guides

Mental Health Meter

Understand your mental health to gauge your mental well-being by using the Mental Health Meter.