Wellbeing and careers resources

During Black History Month, we understand that you may be looking for resources for a number of reasons. From help with your wellbeing due to certain difficult conversations and topics attached to the month, to access to careers advice, guidance or support that is specific to and understanding of the Black experience. You may want to know more information about being an ally to those apart of the Black community. 

Whatever your reasoning, please refer to the list below over the month: 

Black wellbeing support

  • Supporting Black students: Take our survey to help us improve access and engagement within Student Support Services for our Black students
  • Black Girl In Om: Creating space for Black women
  • Liberate: Black meditation app
  • The Underbelly: Wellness through yoga
  • Elevate: Practice self-care through the touch of an app
  • BlackPeopleTalk: Resources that range from help with anxiety and stress to the feeling of (Un)belonging
  • QTIPOC: A community of individuals creating space for people of colour who identify as LGBTQIA+ 
  • In November, the University will be delivering groups sessions aimed at promoting positive mental health for Black students. Sessions will be delivered by Matthew Johnston from University's counselling team who will lead a range of discussions, including:

    • Stress and Anxiety management
    • How to manage depression

    • Cultural Expectations

    • Discrimination

    • Healthy relationships

    We are currently looking to recruit a limited group of students who identify as Black or as mixed race with Black heritage to participate in a closed group for 4-5 sessions, via MS Teams, on a weekly basis starting mid-November. The sessions will be interactive and are aimed at Black students who have an active interest in learning and exploring how to sustain or improve their mental wellbeing.

    If you are interested or would like some more information please contact Matthew Johnston via email by Friday 8 November.

General mental health support

  • togetherall: 24/7 mental health support
  • Mind: Information and support for mental health
  • Student minds: A mental health charity putting young people first
  • Nightline: A listening service run by students, for students 
  • Our wellbeing resources under our Life at Leicester webpage offer dedicated support. We're here for you.

For staff, more information on support and advice available at the University, can be gained from the Equalities Team and the University Staff BAME Forum

Careers resources

Reading lists about the Black experience: 

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-lodge
  • So you want to talk about race - Ijeoma Oluo
  • Me and White Supremacy - Layla Saad
  • Love in Colour: Mythical Tales From Around the World - Bolu Babalola
  • Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of - Jeffrey Boakye
  • Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored - Jeffrey Boakye
  • Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
  • Checking Out Me History - Benjamin Zephaniah
  • The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin

Alternatively, you can access the University’s curated reading list for Black History Month or support through our Represent campaign, to help diversify our collections. 

Netflix watch list