African American

Historically, enslavement, lack of economic opportunity, oppression and cultural bias have led to high poverty in the African American community. These factors can lead to homelessness, incarceration, and substance use problems, which increase the chances of poor mental health. In fact, the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health states that African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.

Good mental health enables people to realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and have happy relationships with others. Studies show that with support and treatment, between 70% and 90% of all people with mental health challenges have said that they have reduced symptoms and improved quality of life.

The resources below can assist organizations serving African Americans as well as individuals interested in information for themselves or for a loved one. To download a PDF with the resources listed below click here.

Black History Month Collection at the Each Mind Matters Resource Center

Black History Month, celebrated in February each year, is a time to recognize the central role African Americans have played in U.S. history, and to recognize and celebrate their achievements. The Each Mind Matters Resource Center has created a collection of resources with this time in mind.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Lifeline Crisis Chat: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org (available 24/7)
Need help now? Text "START" to 741-741

California Black Health Network

The California Black Health Network seeks to improve the health status of African Americans in California and reduce health disparities through legislative, administrative and media advocacy. Their website offers a wealth of information and links, including a comprehensive “Ethnic Health Assessment for African Americans in California” that outlines health and behavioral health data, concerns and policy recommendations at the state and community levels.

Building Partnerships: Conversations with African Americans About Mental Health Needs and Community Strengths

The UC Davis Center for Health Disparities oversees a comprehensive program for research, education and teaching, and community outreach and information dissemination to address inequities in health access and quality of care for diverse Californians at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/crhd/. Their report “Building Partnerships: Conversations with African Americans About Mental Health Needs and Community Strengths” presents community-derived wisdom about how to improve mental health among individuals and communities.

African American Therapists

Website that features mental health news focusing on the African American community, and a directory of African American therapists.

African American Mental Health Providers Directory for California Residents

The California Reducing Disparities Strategic Planning Workgroup compiled the “African American Mental Health Providers Directory for California Residents” that lists mental health providers from multiple disciplines throughout the state.

The Community College Student Mental Health Program’s Guide to Supporting Students from Diverse and Ethnic Backgrounds

The Community College Student Mental Health Program’s Guide to Supporting Students from Diverse and Ethnic Backgrounds presents some common barriers related to mental health shared by students from historically marginalized racial and ethnic backgrounds, and describes how resources specific to the community college system can help support their access to mental health services.

African American Mental Health Providers Directory

The African American Mental Health Providers Directory is a multidisciplinary list of mental health providers in the Sacramento area that are licensed/registered/certified in California.

Community Partners in Care

Community Partners in Care was a collaborative research project of community and academic partners in the Los Angeles area working together to learn the best way to reduce the burden that depression places on our communities and other vulnerable populations. Their web site includes links to download the results of the research project as well as resources for depression, psychotherapy, clinicians and clients and communities.

African American Health Institute of San Bernardino County

The African American Health Institute of San Bernardino County works to build community capacity and leadership, provide health education, advocate for policy and social justice and conduct community based participatory research projects. Their website includes links to resources such as journal articles, toolkits and a short film on mental health access for African American transition age youth in California.

Alameda County BHCS African American Utilization Report

Alameda County Behavioral Health Services issued an “African American Utilization Report” in 2011 that outlines data-informed goals and strategies to better serve the African American community.

African-American Community Health Advisory Committee

The African-American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC), in partnership with Mills-Peninsula Health Services, is dedicated to eliminating health disparities across generations and diverse communities through education and services in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. AACHAC has offered a series of mental health programs over the years including symposiums and Mental Health First Aid training.

African American Community Service Agency

The African American Community Service Agency (AACSA), founded in 1978, is one of the only African American cultural centers in the Silicon Valley. Our mission-providing quality educational, cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities in order to perpetuate and strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life-is at the heart of all programs. The Health & Wellness Program provides events, workshops and seminars that deal with the health/mental and emotional development of the community.

Association of Black Psychologists

The Association of Black Psychologists sees its mission and destiny as the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit. The group has developed programs whereby psychologists of African descent (Black Psychologists) can assist in solving problems of Black communities and other ethnic groups.