Welcome to the listening section of the Healing Collections! The Healing Collections are a collaborative collection of recommendations made by our community of survivors of sexual violence of St Andrews. It is comprised of things – books, podcast, TV shows, art etc. – which have personally helped us on our journeys towards healing. We hope that they will help you too! If you would like to recommend a resource yourself, please submit your recommendation at Contribute to our healing collections!  

We have tried to make it easier for you to find resources which are particularly suited to your intersectional identity, which may have had an impact on your experience of sexual violence. Each post is ‘tagged’ with the identities the recommender felt the resource would be most useful for. Of course all resources are open to everyone! We apologise if there aren’t any or many posts under some of the tags yet. Check back another time – hopefully someone will have contributed a resource that is helpful to you.

(Currently tags are visible at the bottom of each post when you click on it. We are still working on the search function that will make finding the right resources easier!)

Davida – Power & Resilience Playlist

This is a selection of songs I listen to when I’m in need of some woman empowerment, when I’m in a bit of a ‘f*** you, men’ mood (sorry men). Most of these songs make me feel strong and independent, although a few are a little more lowkey or emotionally piercing, like ‘bruises’ or ‘I carried this for years’.

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Calm app – self-care, meditation, sleep

I find it incredibly grounding and nurturing, especially during times when I feel very internally destabilised. It has helped me practice self-forgiveness, letting go, and made my inner voice much less critical of myself.

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Playlist- Matthew’s Songs that Helped Me Heal

I’ve always been one to ‘wallow’ with the music I choose, so I tend to opt for lyrics that are maybe slightly more ‘raw’ or feel a bit too ‘real.’ It is my hope however that if these songs helped me to heal, they might also help someone else.

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