The Strange is Beautiful

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

Hundreds of articles on self-care are posted on our blog. These include yoga for mind obstacles, interviews of healers and artists, other self-care practices, book and media reviews, and #SadcoreSundays songs. Plus we offer free online yoga classes and guided meditations on IGTV.

Most recently, from September 21 to September 26, 2019, we held “You Can Be Broke and Self-Care” photo interview exhibit and events at Nous Tous Community Gallery in Los Angeles. Thirteen Los Angelenos practicing self-care for their mental illnesses mind obstacles were featured in the exhibit. Besides hundreds of community attending, Roosevelt High School visited on a field trip and engaged in deep discussions on mental health. Inside the exhibit we held events such as Self-Care Gift Exchange for Anxiety and Depression, Self-Care Open Mic, Meet-Up for Healers, Meet Your Local Healer and Self-Love Date Night.

Our workshops were offered at Therapy for Latinx’s “Enlace” (35k followers), Nylon-sponsored Mothership Fest (26k followers), South LA’s vegan festival held by SUPRMARKT (18k followers), and more.

Besides in-person events, we love to hold online ones too! In June 2018, we held an Instagram discussion with POC healers and therapists on suicide and mental health resources. Latinx millennial outlet  Remezcla (millions of readers) spotlighted it, and soon after, Lavendaire podcast (20k listens) featured us.

Since 2015, we’ve tabled at L.A. and SF Zine Festivals, and were at September 2018’s SFV Zine Fest. 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. Later in October 2018 we released “It’s not as simple as just leaving,” a zine on domestic abuse awareness including interviews and advice from survivors.

One of our favorite memories is from December 2016 when 158 people participated in our online Self-Care Gift Exchange for Anxiety & Depression across the U.S. and in Canada.

What are we doing next? Follow our Instagram @thestrangeisbeautiful to find out.

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.