Wellness

19 Mental Health Wellness Resources for Black People

1. Therapy for Black Girls

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Therapy For Black Girls is exactly what it sounds like: An online space where black women and girls can find racially informed therapy providers and access information on a range of mental health topics. The brand also has a podcast available online with over 150 episodes featuring conversations on mental health and personal development for black women and girls.

2. Therapy for Black Men

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Similarly to therapy For Black Girls, Therapy For Black Men is aimed at helping black men find a therapist who is informed about the unique mental health issues that black men face. With black men four times more likely to commit suicide than black women, breaking the stigma against seeking mental health treatment is especially pertinent. Therapy For Black Men is looking to be a resource in that.

3. The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation

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Taraji P. Henson’s organization, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundationwhich is centered on Black mental health—is offering free therapy through a COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support campaign until funds run out. You can register for the free virtual therapy here. Non-black people can help keep the campaign going by donating to the fund here

4. Black Mental Health Alliance

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The Black Mental Health Alliance is a community-based membership organization designed to develop and sponsor education programs and services to support optimal mental health and well-being within the black community. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, BMHA has been offering engaging online discussions, from discussing the strengths and vulnerabilities of the black community to helping navigate the economic crisis.

5. Inclusive Therapists

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Considering the challenges that marginalized populations face, such as micro-aggressions, prejudice, and language/financial barriers, Inclusive Therapists aim to help make the process of finding culturally responsive care simple and safer.

6. Solar Flux

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Seyi Adeyinka, a Black medical student training to become a psychiatrist, offers one-on-one trauma-informed breathwork sessions, which you can sign up for here, through the website Solar Flux.

7. National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

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National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network is a healing justice organization dedicated to increasing access to mental health resources for queer and trans people of color. The website offers an interactive directory to connect QTPoC with QTPoC mental health practitioners. You can access the directory here.

8. Black Girl in Om

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Founded by Lauren Ash, Black Girl In Om is a global platform that provides a “space for women of color to breathe easy,” offering holistic wellness workshops largely based in journaling, mind-clearing meditation, and body-restoring yoga. Recently, Ash launched The Circle, a new digital initiative that provides members with journaling prompts, thought exercises, and guided meditations to further support the global community of black women and women of color.

9. HealHaus

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HealHaus is a Black-owned wellness space in Brooklyn prioritizing the healing and overall well-being of BIPOC through yoga, meditation, workshops, and other wellness practices. The shop is currently closed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), but they’re offering livestreamed classes and workshops that each have a specific focus, like healing from a difficult paternal relationship or fighting fibroids naturally.

10. Melanin & Mental Health

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Melanin & Mental Health was founded by two black women therapists to promote mental and emotional healing in black and Latinx communities through multi-city events, a therapist directory, and a podcast. The organization wants to bridge the gap between black and brown identities and mental health treatment through destigmatization and building community.

11. Dive In Well

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Addressing the deep need for more diversity in the wellness industry, platform Dive In Well was recently relaunched and expanded by founder Maryam Ajayi, an entrepreneur and energy healer, to offer more digital workshops, workbooks, and consulting in an effort to bolster both individuals and businesses to support inclusivity.

12. Latham Thomas/@glowmaven

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Latham Thomas is a doula, author, and founder of Mama Glow who has made it her mission to bridge the gap between wellness, spiritual growth, and radical self-care—and her Instagram is a reflection of just that. In addition to being a source of support and information for expectant black mothers, who are at higher risk of experiencing poor maternal-health outcomes, Thomas offers aid in restorative ritual practices, such as meditation as well as webinars for doulas and parents.

13. Healing while Black

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Healing While Black is a social platform run by Josh Odam, a Black, queer, aspiring social worker and suicide survivor from New York City. The platform is dedicated to curating a place for radical softness for Black people and uplifting Black and queer mental health. You can follow Odam’s work on Instagram and Twitter and become a patron here.

14. Reign x Shine

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Reign x Shine, a luxury wellness brand created with Black women in mind, recently shared an Instagram post with 5 self-care tips for Black people who are feeling overwhelmed by the media as of late. In the post graphic, the brand provided tips for Black people to set firm boundaries, indulge in Black creativity, be mindful about social media use, feel intently, and connect with other Black people.

15. The Nap Ministry

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Founded in 2016 by poet and performance artist Tricia Hersey, The Nap Ministry examines the liberating power of rest, underlining sleep deprivation as a racial and social issue. On Instagram, Hersey offers strategies for more restorative rest, education around black liberation, and tools such as her grief and healing Spotify playlist.

16. Sista Afya

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Sista Afya is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to providing low-cost mental wellness services to Black women, with a focus on community support. Check out the site to access mental wellness resources, a list of recommended therapy providers, book a teletherapy session, or register for the next Sister Support Group session for June 28th. According to the website, the group session will provide a “place to process through the protests, police brutality, and current conversations about race in our nation.”

17. The Loveland Foundation

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The Loveland Foundation is an organization that was established by Rachel Cargle in 2018 to serve Black women and girls through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more. The foundation also has a Loveland Therapy Fund to provide financial assistance for Black women and girls seeking therapy across the country. Apply for financial support here. Plus, non-Black people or businesses can donate to the fund here to ensure more Black women and girls can access therapy support.

18. Ethel’s Club

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Ethel’s club, having closed their physical clubhouse due to the pandemic, has shifted to a digital membership club and social space designed to give people of color a place to both heal and thrive. Joining the membership, which has a monthly fee of $16.99, offers access to classes, workshops, wellness sessions, book clubs, writing groups, design clubs, and other ways to connect with club members around the world. (You can sign up for a digital membership here.) However, they do have free mental health resources for non-members.

19. Rest for Resistance/@qtpocmentalhealth

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Rest for Resistance is a grassroots, trans-led organization uplifting LGBTQIA+ individuals, namely trans and queer people of color. As a platform, it fosters a safe online space that promotes meditation as an act of resistance and features art, writing, and a directory of intersectional mental-health resources.

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