Black Mental Health Resources

Experiencing and witnessing racism in any of its forms has traumatic effects that can build up with time and repetition. Resources to help Black people and other people of color care for their mental health through the trauma of racism are listed below.

Organizations

  • Academics for Black Survival and Wellness an organization of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship.
  • Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a training, movement building, and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
  • Black Girls Smile Inc. promotes positive mental health for young African American girls.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance develops, promotes, and sponsors trusted, culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings, and referral services that support the health and wellbeing of Black people and other vulnerable communities.
  • Black Mental Wellness provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, highlights and increases the diversity of mental health professionals, and decreases the mental health stigma in the Black community.
  • Eustress raises awareness on the importance of mental health in underserved communities, allowing individuals to identify and overcome challenges to achieve a healthier and productive lifestyle.
  • Inclusive Therapists aims to make the process of seeking therapy simpler and safer for all people, especially marginalized populations.
  • Melanin and Mental Health connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities.
  • National Organization for People of Color Aganist Suicide, founded by suicide loss survivor, Dr. Donna
  • Barnes, works to reduce the stigma of suicide prevention among communities of color through training and advocacy
  • Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness sustains the mental wellness of Black women through building community, sharing information, and connecting Black women to quality mental wellness services.
  • The AAKOMA Project helps diverse teenagers and their families achieve optimal mental health through dialogue, learning, and the understanding that everyone deserves care and support.
  • The Loveland Foundation provides financial support for therapy for Black women and girls.
  • The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization
  • committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).
  • Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. ( Twitter | Facebook | Podcast )
  • Therapy for Black Men is a directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist. ( Instagram )

Books

Online Resources, Apps, and Social Media

The Impact of Racism & Trauma on Emotional and Mental Health

Learn about the mental health disparities experienced by the Black community as a result of systemic racism.

Resources for Mental Health Providers

Taking Action Against Racism

Being antiracist requires ongoing, often difficult work. It’s normal and okay to make mistakes and experience feelings of guilt, discomfort, and sadness during this process. Remember that the work you’re doing is important and necessary, and to push through tough emotions.

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Organizations Supporting Black Mental Health

  • Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a training, movement building, and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
  • Eustress raises awareness on the importance of mental health in underserved communities, allowing individuals to identify and overcome challenges to achieve a healthier and productive lifestyle.
  • Melanated Social Work shares mental health resources, information, and discussions created and curated by four men of color in the social work field.
  • My Brother's Keeper Cares strives to remain a consistent support network that people can relate to and rely on within the urban environment.
  • Project LETS The Trauma Healing Fund provides grants for Black people to access therapy.
  • Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness sustains the mental wellness of Black women through building community, sharing information, and connecting Black women to quality mental wellness services.
  • The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation provides support for and brings awareness to mental health issues that plague the African American community.
  • The Loveland Foundation provides financial support for therapy for Black women and girls.
  • The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation addresses mental health conditions and eradicates the effects of trauma on the Black community by providing access to therapeutic resources, creative arts, and education designed to support mental health, physical wellness, and overall development.

Organizations Working Toward Racial Equity and Social Justice

  • The Bail Project is a non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time.
  • Black Futures Lab works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally.
  • Blue Meridian’s Justice and Mobility Fund is a philanthropic collaboration that aims to boost economic mobility and improve the life trajectories of people impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • Campaign Zero advocates for local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end violence and hold police accountable.
  • Center for Policing Equity works to simultaneously aid police departments to realize their own equity goals as well as advance the scientific understanding of issues of equity within organizations and policing.
  • Color of Change designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
  • Demos is a dynamic “think-and-do” tank that powers the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy.
  • GirlTrek is the largest public health nonprofit for African-American women and girls in the United States. With nearly 100,000 neighborhood walkers, GirlTrek encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families, and communities.
  • Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. In doing so, the movement makes it possible for us, and therefore everyone, to live healthy and fruitful lives.
  • The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
  • The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
  • The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.
  • Vera Institute for Justice works to urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.

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