We appreciate that there are themes in the show, specifically around mental health, trauma and racism, that may affect people in different ways.
If you’ve been to see SAMSKARA or are thinking of visiting, then you might find it useful to have a read of this web page, where you will find some resources and details of organisations that could be helpful either before or after the performance.
THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS OFFER INFORMATION, ADVICE AND SUPPORT:
Samaritans on 116 123 provide 24-hour confidential, non-judgemental emotional support www.samaritans.org
Mind on 033 123 3393 (UK) provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem www.mind.org.uk
The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network specialise in working psychologically, informed by an understanding of intersectionality, with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean www.baatn.org.uk
Black Minds Matter connects Black individuals and families with free mental health services — by professional Black therapists to support their mental health www.blackmindsmatteruk.com
Black Thrive Global evolved from the Black Thrive Partnership, which brings together individuals, local communities, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations to address the structural barriers that prevent Black people from thriving www.blackthrive.org
BlackLine– a 24/7 national crisis support hotline (with a text option as well) that provides a space for peer support and counseling, reporting of mistreatment, and affirming the lived experiences to those who are most impacted by systematic oppression www.callblackline.com
Bayo is a space to find collectives, organisations and services from across the UK – run by and for the Black community – to support your mental health and wellbeing www.bayo.ubele.org
USEMI Racial Trauma Clinic is a specialist therapy service for people of colour. It offers a minimum of 20 weeks of free psychotherapy with a Black-led team of therapists trained to work with complex trauma www.lambethandsouthwarkmind.org.uk/our-services/usemi-racial-trauma-clinic/
Big White Wall is an online service for people who have common, distressing mental health problems. Through social networking, a community of people are supported by trained “wall guides”, so they can manage their own mental health www.bigwhitewall.com
ADDITIONAL READING AND RESOURCES:
A Burst of Light: and Other Essays by Audra Lourde
Black Pain – It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting by Terrie M. Williams