Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey created Shine

Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey created Shine, an App Store Best of 2020 selection, to make well-being and mental health resources accessible and prioritize content from Black creators.

They are on a mission to make caring for your mental and emotional health easier, more representative, and more inclusive—of all experiences.

We started Shine because we didn’t see ourselves—a Black woman and a half-Japanese woman—and our experiences represented in mainstream “wellness.” Our bodies, our skin color, our financial access, our past traumas—it all often felt otherized.

Says Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey.

Naomi and Marah  met as coworkers, and the support they found in each other changed everything. They knew they had to help more people cope, process, and heal on a daily basis in a way that worked for them.

That’s what we hope Shine does for you. We hope it’s your inclusive self-care toolkit to help you deal with the day-to-day highs and lows, and, with time, find healing that will last you a lifetime.

They add.

Shine is committed to fighting for Black lives and Black mental health. As a team that identifies as 30% Black, 80% BIPOC, and 100% antiracist—this isn’t a one-time campaign for us. It’s a lifelong commitment to stand with you and fight against racial injustice.

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