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Resource Round-up: BIPOC Mental Health

By OnYourMind Staff

Recently, there has been a global rise in awareness of racism and police brutality against Black people due to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others. Due to this rising awareness, there have been many demonstrations in protest of this violent and often deadly treatment of Black people. While there have been some positive gains, these events have brought up many painful emotions, experiences, and traumas for BIPOC people. 

According to Mental Health America, “Black and African American people living below poverty are twice as likely to report serious psychological distress than those living over 2x the poverty level.” With Black people having the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line at 27.4% [1], this means that the Black population is at a higher risk of developing serious mental illness. In young Black people with mental illness aged 18-25, over half do not receive any mental health treatment. [2]  

Obviously, this must change. BIPOC youth need access to mental health resources that are supportive and anti-racist. While there is an under-representation of Black clinicians and mental healthcare workers in the field, there are resources out there for BIPOC youth that are focused on Black mental health and well-being. There is also a large movement within the mental health field to examine the systems in place and change to better support BIPOC people, and to stop the perpetuation of harm within therapy. 

If you are a BIPOC youth, you are deserving of treatment that supports you in a safe way. You deserve to have a therapist with which you feel comfortable, who understands you and your background, and who understands the real risks of harm for Black people within the current mental health system. We have complied a list of Black-focused mental health resources and directories to help people find mental health support. 

Organizations that focus on Black Mental Health 

Therapy for Black Girls  

“The mission of Therapy for Black Girls is to sustain and grow an engaged community centered on the mental health needs of Black women and girls. We perform this mission by creating resources, content, and experiences designed to present information in a way that feels relevant and accessible.” 

You can search for therapists, join their community of users, and find mental health information through their blog and podcast. 

Black Mental Wellness  

“The mission of Black Mental Wellness, Corp. is to provide access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, to highlight and increase the diversity of mental health professionals, and to decrease the mental health stigma in the Black community.” 

This site has great lists of coping strategies for different issues, information on Black mental health, and lists of apps and other media resources that you can access. 

The Loveland Foundation 

“With the barriers affecting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic and racial groups. Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy.” 

While the fund’s Winter/Spring 2020 Cohort is full, you can apply to receive funds for their Summer/Fall 2020 group online. 

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective 

“Our mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. We do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.” 

Through the site you can view their events, trainings, and resources for Black people. Many of their recent events have been free and online. 

Directories to find inclusive and BIPOC-focused therapists 

African American Therapists Directory 

Search for Black and African American therapists by location. They also have resource lists with books and guides for Black Americans. 

Inclusive therapists 

Use their directory to find a therapist that matches your wants and needs in therapy. They have a focused list for teens and youth therapy. 

LGBT Psychologists of Color 

This list is a group list of clinicians of color who also intersect with LGBT topics in the Bay Area. This list has a strong list of ethics for treatment. They also help mentor students of color within the psychology field. 

OnYourMind.net 

At OnYourMind, we are committed to making our services supportive for all of our users. Our peer-counseling training includes topics of cultural humility and privilege. We are always focused on growing our anti-racist work to better support BIPOC and POC. 

If you are in crisis, or just need someone to talk to, our chat is open Monday – Thursday, 4:30 – 9:30 PST. Even though we are based in California, anyone is welcome to use the chat. We can also help you locate resources in your area or direct you to services you may not know about. 

Sources 

[1] The State of Working America. http://www.stateofworkingamerica.org/index.html%3Fp=4193.html 

[2] SAMHSA. 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH): African Americans. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt23247/2_AfricanAmerican_2020_01_14_508.pdf 

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