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CPTSD, PTSD and Trauma: A Space for Black Voices 

I’ve been contemplating how to be a supportive, Caucasian writer during a time when Black voices need the page. Need the space. Without influence. So if you are Black, you can get your messages across. So you are heard. So this week, my space is yours.

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How to Share Your Story

If you are Black and struggling with CPTSD, PTSD or other mental health issues, especially after recent events, please share your story in the comments section.

My hope is that by sharing your story and reading the stories of others, you will feel supported — lifted up — and know you are not alone. 

I look forward to learning from all you have to say. I wish you light and love on your journey to heal. 

Thank you to those whose work helped me create this post: 

  • To photographer, Mike Von, for use of his photos. Click here to view more of his work. 
  • To assistant professor of journalism at Temple University, Lori L. Tharps, for writing, “The Case for Black with a Capital B,” (2014) The New York Times
    • The contact link for Lori L. Tharps no longer works in the article; however, you can contact her here
  • To all of you who are participating in the conversation, raising awareness, educating and providing support.

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CPTSD, PTSD and Trauma: A Space for Black Voices 

Jenna Grace

Jenna Grace is a writer and educator with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder (SAD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) diagnoses. She writes and speaks about topics including healing from trauma, coping with neurological disorder and practicing mindfulness in order to help others and to explore new meaning. Visit her website for more of her stories.

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Grace, J. (2020). CPTSD, PTSD and Trauma: A Space for Black Voices . Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2020, from


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