When I started this journey of telling the experiences I was having as a Black woman with ADHD out in the world, it was a wilderness. There weren’t any other resources online sharing that experience. That has thankfully changed as time has passed and many other creators have thrown their hat into the ring and started sharing their experiences and their knowledge online so that Black people could benefit from it. I am so glad to see these spaces popping up and I wanted to make you aware that they exist if you’ve never heard of them! They are not the only spaces by a long shot but they are three of my favorite places and I know you’ll enjoy them too.
It is still critical for Black people to have safe spaces online to discuss their specific challenges with ADHD. We face online harassment and silencing when we try to take those discussion elsewhere. These resources not only will not silence you, they will celebrate you. The Black experience is centered in these spaces and you will be able to get information about how ADHD feels alongside it.
Black Women with ADHD/ Inger Shaye
Inger Shaye is a psychotherapist and ADHD coach who focuses on Black women with ADHD who are entrepreneurs and executives. She helps people work through things like imposter syndrome, and she is the head of the Black ADHD Professionals Alliance. Inger always has a word to inspire or a quick reminder to let people know they are wonderful when they feel like they are not. If you’re looking for her you can find her in a few different places: Her website is http://www.ingershaye.com. You can also find her in her amazing ADHD Facebook group Black Women With ADHD Executives and Entrepreneurs. You can also follow Inger Shaye on her Facebook page Black Women With ADHD.
ADHD is the New Black/ Stacey Machelle
For those of you who can’t get enough of video content, you’ll be heading in the right direction if you go visit Stacey Machelle of ADHD is the New Black. Stacey is hilarious and she always has a word that will touch your heart as well as your funny bone. To quote Stacey: “For every Black Woman willing to share her personal ADHD struggle, there are five more hiding ADHD in the shadows of shame and stigma. ADHD can make us feel inept, unqualified, and bring us down to levels of deep depression.” Don’t wait, take a trip to Stacey’s amazing YouTube channel!
Sistas with ADHD/Torrian Tims
Last but not least we have Torrian Tims phenomenal resource, Sistas with ADHD! With a Facebook group, an awesome Instagram page, and a podcast, Sistas with ADHD is fulfilling its mission statement: “Our mission at Sistas with ADHD is to educate, empower, and advocate for neurodivergent women from marginalized communities living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) through accessible resources and support”. Torrian also gave an inspiring Ted Talk that I encourage everyone to take a look at. She is an incredible resource for people who are looking for a safe space for Black people with ADHD.
We say all the time that representation matters but we don’t get the representation unless someone puts the work in to create the resources we need. If you’re looking for places to be safe as a Black woman with ADHD online you’re definitely safe in these women’s more than capable hands.
Until next time, René
PS – Representation matters in a field like ADHD coaching as well. It is important to have someone who understands your experience as a Black person when you’re seeking help. If you’re hunting for a Black ADHD coach, look no further! Get on my calendar at blackgirllostkeys.com/coaching.