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Jacqueline Atta-Hayford

Writer

Location icon United Kingdom

A London-based writer of colour in her late 20s, gathering ideas and experiences to turn into written works.

My major interests are music, literature, mental health and wellness, and learning is my favourite thing to do.

Portfolio

Most Recent

Royal Society of Literature
09/20/2021
"How has your lockdown been?" - Royal Society of Literature

By: Jacqueline Atta-Hayford About The Poem: This poem was written for The January Challenge, a month-long series of creative challenges run by an organisation called 64 million artists that are all about promoting creativity.

Published online

Bad Form
04/28/2021
Hood Feminism - Mikki Kendall - Bad Form

Mikki Kendall's Hood Feminism is, first and foremost, accessible. I think it's important to praise accessible language when you come across it in non-fiction, especially relating to social justice or feminism, because so often these books can be inundated with, frankly, classist barriers to entry in the language used.

gal-dem
07/15/2017
The way you carry it: emotional labour and self-care in interracial dating | gal-dem

All of my interracial dating experiences have come packed together with many kinds of racial emotional labour for me to deal with. Whether it be microaggressions or racial ignorance, I know there are a lot of black women who share my experiences and more still that will be coming into those experiences as they get older, and what I have found is that the most important thing is how you look after your own mental health and self-esteem.

Everyday-mindfulness
12/21/2015
Learning To Love Meditation

The very first time I attempted to meditate was in my first year of secondary school. We were on a class retreat. The reason why is vague in my memory, but the exercise was intended to get us all to relax and open ourselves up to the experience of the day more.

Published In Print

Personal Blog Posts

Ananxiousmind
05/04/2020
Quarantine Panic: learning to understand my own thoughts

So, I had my first big quarantine freak out last week. I'm not sure what caused it exactly, but I suppose it was just everything hitting me all at once in a way that it hadn't before. If it was a panic attack, it was different than the ones I usually experience.

Ananxiousmind
06/23/2019
Gal-dem's "I Will Not Be Erased" and the radical impact of self-healing

Gal-dem is an online and print magazine created by women and non-binary people of colour. I've been a fan of theirs for years and the way they have created a platform that magnifies the voices of marginalized people and maintains a safe space for them to come to on the internet.

An Anxious Mind
06/10/2017
Your local library is a wealth of knowledge on mental health

I mentioned on our twitter page for the blog that I sincerely appreciated the information about Mind and Childline at the end of each book in Jo Cotterill's Hopewell High series. It's a collection of books that deal with the subject of mental illness in teenagers.

An Anxious Mind
01/17/2016
The Responsibilities of Being Mentally Ill

This blog post is not going to be about blaming you for your depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, or any mental illness you may be struggling with. This post is not telling you to "suck it up" or "get over it" because that is useless and unhelpful advice.

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