Dark times have overtaken the internet and social media burnout is a very real thing.
From the days of Xanga, MySpace, and OG Tumblr (if you know, you know), there have been countless creators that have impacted how I see social media and consequently, how I use it. However, recently the interwebs have taken a toll on my mental health more than ever before and as someone who practices being both physically and mentally conscious, that needed to change asap. I may be dating myself here but I come from the era when social media was just posting what you were up to that day or something cool that you had just made. Not with the intention of selling or even inspiring the masses but simply because it was a tool that gave your creativity a place to live. This not only allowed our previous timelines to be filled with more positivity but also with realism.
In my quest to clean up my social feeds I’ve come across licensed therapists, mental health and life coaches to people who just want to move forward, focusing on how to make things better for the collective. People who aren’t afraid to share who they were, who they are, and their dreams of contributing to something greater than themselves, while still acknowledging how amazing they already are. If we must use these addicting devices everyday (and we actually don’t have to) then at least let’s fill our screens with healthy and relatable content.
I found most of these creators via Instagram but as we know WordPress doesn’t vibe with that platform so here are 20 BIPOC mental health creators on TikTok.
I first came across Hindz during the panini in 2020. With regular virtual hangouts and guided meditations, there is no interaction with Hindz’s content and overall way of being that isn’t rooted in love.
This guy. Speaking my thoughts on the annoying, hilarious and real things in life while validating me at the same time, and teaching me healthier thought patterns? A winning combo.
Auntieeeee. Another pandemic comfort find, Tabitha Brown not only fills your soul with kind words but also your belly with yummy vegan recipes!
Luis is that bilingual therapist friend you go to when you need straight facts with a side of healthy validation and humor! An advocate for human rights, his content perfectly balances taking care of your own mind while still being informed of the world.
That dose of realism I was talking about? You’re going to get it all with Shani, hunny. From her skits to her thoroughly answering comment questions, Shani makes sure to let us know that even on the journey to consuming healthier content, it’s no substitute for actual therapy.
Sarah Ahmed is a Psychotherapist and founder of Leena, a mental health practice focusing on breaking down barriers and highlighting a pathway for better mental wellbeing in BIPOC communities.
Finding Daníel’s Instagram live meditations was like finding water in the dessert. Using a combination of voice and sound healing, this melodic being knows exactly how to tap into one’s inner child.
Lauren is a fellow advocate of literally moving through your emotions and into the person you want to be. A life coach, yoga instructor, dance teacher, and choreographer, Lauren helps fellow artists dig deep into their shadows through her body movement work and podcast, Thrive and Thread.
Mirna Martínez is a first-generation, queer, Oaxacan, bilingual Social Worker and Therapist breaking trauma cycles and empowering the indigenous community. Her slice of life content not only is relatable but informative on safe spaces for BIPOC.
Another real one that will have you living life like a movie is Show Nemoto. A life coach who turned his own life into his dream reality, Show gives great advice on self compassion and discipline. Definitely will want to give him a follow or you might regret it.
Michell is living proof that advocating for yourself is the only way to go. His debut book, Eyes On The Road, helps those in accepting their past selves, while embracing the present and becoming excited for what the future holds.
Jemarc, aka the spiritual geek, is a transformational life coach and public speaker who leads by example, embracing their quirky, authentic self in all matters of their work while also spreading teachings of self awareness and kindness.
Jackie is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Therapist who is passionate about helping individuals break trauma cycles. Her content hits home as she shows bits of her own personal life from family members to completing goals, giving us the motivation we all need to be better for ourselves.
An angel in disguise, Coach Kai has traversed so much in his life. As an emotional healing and growth coach, Kai’s mission is to empower other adults who were raised by emotionally immature parents. An experience that as BIPOC, many know well.
Anjé is the affirming Therapist you want in your corner. Teaching others how to fully embrace all facets of themselves while staying informed with the geeks and nerds make this kink-informed therapist a joyful addition to the timeline!
Dr. Marquis Norton is that Therapist that tackles and talks about literally all areas of life. Providing healthy coping mechanisms for emotions like anger and sadness to letting us step into his own life, this is one doctor that isn’t afraid to address the tough stuff with a dash of light heartedness.
Oh, Jessamyn! One of my go-to creators. Also known as the Ms. Frizzle of Yoga (can confirm), Jessamyn’s content always makes me feel seen exactly as I am. From breaking down body stigmas to real conversations about love, work, life, and the weight they all carry, every time this yogi pops up on my feed, I have reason to slow down and smile.
Micheline is a neurodivergent Arab-American therapist who creates content that helps contribute to ending mental health stigmas worldwide. Her content ranges from everything to what’s currently happening in the world to helpful tips when out and about and a panic attack arises.
Fellow cool, urban hippie, Eso is here to make you feel seen and heard. Helping other artists regulate their nervous systems by speaking kind and affirming words, coming across his content always creates a warm feeling in my heart.
I really hope you feel as relaxed and affirmed after reading this article as I did writing it. And if things still feel like they’re too much, help is always available by calling 988.