Recent events have caused unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety (citation). The recession, COVID-19, and a pandemic of racial inequality and police brutality, bear witness to African Americans/Blacks getting a double and triple dose of stress (citation). You can help your friends, family, and community cope with stress and support their overall emotional health with The Ubuntu Program for Emotional Wellness.
What is Ubuntu? Ubuntu means “I am what I am because of you.” These stories and shared experiences offer explanations for the events in our lives that can cause stress, including traumatic events like family conflicts, violence, and racism, as well as everyday stresses. This storytelling framework is used to teach community morality and provide people of African descent with a sense of individual and collective identity. Humor is an important component of Ubuntu stories, which are entertaining as well as instructive.
The Ubuntu Program for Emotional Wellness is a unique, ready-to-go program for African American/Black community groups. It is a 4-part workshop series with an easy-to-use leader guide that will help you start a conversation about stress and how it affects our daily lives. It uses an integrative holistic approach to health that builds on cultural strengths. The balance of four key components—community, body, mind, and spirit—is required for the physical and emotional health of African Americans/Blacks. This curriculum is distinct from other interventions in that it addresses the legacies of resilience and vulnerabilities from the historical trauma of slavery as unrecognized sources of stress in African American/Black communities. (Lewis, et. al., 2013; Weil, 2013).
Download: Ubuntu Leader Guide (PDF)