What’s a sober woman to do when they’re in need of a mental health “fix” but find themselves too busy (or exhausted) to do anything but scroll? I’ve got one word for you: Instagram.
Within a minute or two on the ‘gram, you can usually get enough inspiration and sense of community to tide you over until the next therapy session or Super Soul Sunday. And if you’re looking to virtually connect with WOC, especially during the month of July (Minority Mental Health Awareness Month), you might want to start by following the recovery warriors that I found during my search.
Africa Brooke is a Mindset coach and speaker who has dedicated her platform to helping fiercely ambitious women overcome self-sabotage. Her 15K+ followers count on her guidance in order to create the lives that they most desire. This London-based beauty is widely known for her “NO-BS” approach to personal and professional development.
This daughter of Bangladesh is a writer, podcaster, speaker, actor, and activist. Reema’s work in recovery from self-harm is beautifully detailed in her best-selling memoir, I Am Yours. As a recovered anorexic and a rape survivor, Reema’s IG posts unflinchingly address taboo subjects such as domestic violence and her continued choice to abstain from alcohol and self-harm.
This sober, indigenous mother of twins is living and raising two “wild and feral” children on the ancestral lands of Southeast Alaska. An accomplished guitarist, this Juneau native singer/songwriter recently performed her new song “Howl” about loneliness and unrequited love at a Red Carpet Concert for KTOO Public Media.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, then head over to follow Jennifer Duann Fultz — a writer and entrepreneur who supports Asian Americans who want to pursue unconventional paths in work and in life. She’s also written for us here at The Temper about staying sober, eating disorder recovery, and the difficulties and joys of parenting. So, yes, you could probably say she does it all.
Writer and illustrator Ivonne Spinoza has amassed a following of people like her who are all about creative living and building their best lives. Her 26K+ followers can spend hours perusing her blog or her YouTube channel. In a recent posting on her site, Misadventuro.us, she calls for a new generation of “REAL” bloggers and voices to forge connections and be more social online: “Let’s restore blogging to its former glory. Let’s make genuine content. Let’s connect and care.”
A certified Reiki Master and Tarot reader, Mishal Moore is also a singer/songwriter, vocal coach, and podcaster. In her podcast, No Lies Detected, Moore and her co-host, Meghan Tonjes, serve up their personal life stories and lessons to give their audience “the no-filter-no-bullshit advice that you didn’t know you needed.”
Founded in February 2017 by Elyse Fox, The Sad Girls Club is actually anything but sad. They’ve branded themselves as both an online platform and an in-real-life community, created to bring together girls who are battling mental illnesses. Their 500K+ followers get regular updates and interaction from The Team, which is helmed by the editor-in-chief, Amani Richardson. The Sad Girls Club prides itself on removing the negative stigma around issues of mental health and creating real-life safe spaces for young women to know that they’re not alone.
As a sober, outspoken member of both the Latinx community and the LGBTQ community, Irina is not only the managing editor of The Temper but also a huge proponent of destigmatizing mental health issues for the Latinx community. Her articles on how Latina shame caused her to avoid therapy really shine a light on the cost of living with untreated mental health issues and the benefits of finally getting much-needed outside help.
Formerly @SeltzerSobriety, Jocellyn stopped drinking at 24 and continues to stay sober with the help of badass females in the Instagram recovery community, a 12-Step program, and finding gratitude in how much her life has changed in a few short years. Jocellyn loves reading, self-care (bubble baths to therapy), Saratoga Springs sparkling water, and floor-length “dad” robes.
Priscila García-Jacquier is a TV writer by day but the real reason we love her work is that she is always untangling Latinx identity on her Instagram. Coming from her own experience as a Franco-Colombiana and as a white Latinx person, Priscila talks about the complexities of Latinidad and how white and white-passing Latinx peoples can do anti-racism work that centers people of color — including those who are Indigenous and Afro-Latinx. The sober Latina also talks about the importance of taking occasional breaks so that “my sobriety remains intact so all other aspects of my life can stay thriving.”
Eboni is a Blackfeet and Kituwah model who believes that drinking, smoking, or drugging have no place in her Native culture. A casino manager by night, this New Mexico resident is a depression and PTSD survivor as a result of abuse and human trafficking. Eboni’s posts are dedicated to lifting up other indigenous women and giving them the tools to deal with mental health issues.
Michelle Yang writes powerful, to-the-point pieces advocating for mental health and wellness. When her immigrant parents feared that a mental illness diagnosis would ruin her chance at college or marriage, they tried their best to minimize her symptoms and/or keep them a secret. Yang’s journey to get the mental health help that she needed is a tender and important journey that everyone should follow.
There were so many more substantive, beautiful, sober, WOC-profiles that came up during my research for this article, but please consider this a quick starter course in who to follow — I promise you they will not disappoint. In the meantime, make sure to tag The Temper on Instagram if you have more great WOC we should follow.