The Strange is Beautiful

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The Strange is Beautiful (TSIB) changes the way mental illnesses mind obstacles are seen, makes alternative self-care accessible, and creates a positive community for those struggling.



Books & Media Reviews

Sadcore Sundays



Our Zines

How to Help a Friend

Events & Workshops

TSIB Guide

Domestic Violence Awareness Zine

Our Accomplishments

In June 2018, we held an Instagram discussion with POC healers and therapists on suicide and mental health resources that Remezcla spotlighted, and received 15k listens on Lavendaire’s podcast feature of us a month later.

We’ve also held two workshops, a Self-Care Workshop and Mothership Fest welcomed us this September to teach “Yoga for Mind Obstacles.”

Since 2015, we’ve tabled at L.A. and SF Zine Festivals, and were at September 2018’s SFV Zine Fest as well.

At zine fests and online, we offer The Strange is Beautiful Alternative Self-Help Guide which includes interviews with healers, a doctor, and French musician Soko. It also comes with yoga classes for anxiety, depression and panic attacks taught by 500 hour instructor and TSIB founder, Shannen Roberts.

Last October, we released our “It’s not as simple as just leaving” domestic abuse awareness, free PDF zine including interviews and advice from survivors. From self-care tips to diary entries to interviews, our blog is written by a staff of all womxn of color.

On YouTube we highlight mental health advocates and warriors such as Huffington Post and Mitú acclaimed poets Chingona Fire (Yesika Salgado and Angela Aguirre), and feature musicians with mind obstacles or who are spreading self-love for “Sadcore Sundays.”

One of our favorite moments was in December 2016 when 158 people participated in our online Self-Care Gift Exchange across the U.S. and in Canada.

Sending you ++posi vibes++
Shannen (Shay)
Founding Editor-in-Chief
The Strange is Beautiful

The Strange is Beautiful was founded in 2014 by Shannen Roberts.