Black Mental Health

In the wake of continued acts of violence against Black Americans, many people are struggling with feelings of despair, sorrow, anger or even numbness. Traumatic events such as these — along with racism, discrimination, historical trauma, and other inequities — contribute to mental health challenges experienced by Black communities. In these times, and at all times, Each Mind Matters stands in solidarity with the Black community in the fight for racial justice and health equity.

While the impact of systemic racism on the health of individuals and communities is substantial, we must also recognize the resiliency and strength of the Black community. For mental health resources that support this resilience and provide support during these challenging times, check out the following list of Black and/or culturally-responsive providers, ways to make therapy more affordable and self-help for Black and African American people.



DIRECTORIES OF BLACK AND/OR CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE THERAPISTS:



Association of Black Psychologists Therapist Directory
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.


Black Emotional And Mental Health (BEAM) Virtual Therapist Network
A directory resource to search for therapists and practitioners. BEAM’s 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 healing justice-based organizing, education, training, grantmaking and advocacy.


Black Mental Health Alliance
Through an expansive database of culturally-competent and patient-centered licensed mental health professionals, the Black Mental Health Alliance offers confidential referrals for those seeking mental health services.


Melanin & Mental Health Directory
Melanin & Mental Health® was born out of a desire to connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. They are committed to promoting the growth and healing of our communities through our website, online directory and monthly events.

Therapy for Black Men Directory
A directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist. Using the directory, men can search by therapist location and specialization. Men can also find a wide range of resources aimed at helping them in their search for a multiculturally-competent therapist.

Therapy for Black Girls
An online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. They help Black women find culturally competent therapists.



FREE OR LOW-COST THERAPY AND ONLINE SUPPORT:



Loveland Therapy Fund
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.



The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
Provides support and brings awareness to mental health issues that plague the African-American community. They offer free virtual therapy (up to five sessions) to BIPOC.




The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
Provides a directory of mental health practitioners across the country as well as a mental health fund that offers financial support for queer and trans people of color seeking treatment.



Free Therapist Led Support Group for Those Impacted by Social Trauma



SELF-HELP:

The Safe Place
Free smartphone app focused on psychoeducation and self-care geared toward the Black community.

Virtual guide on coping with racial stressors and being an ally
Developed by the EMPOWER (Engaging Minorities in Prevention Outreach Wellness Education & Research) Lab.

Black Mental Wellness
Mental health information and resources by Black people, for Black people.



Elevate
A free app designed to address the specific issues of the Black community that were not being met in other self-care and wellness apps.


Each Mind Matters is not affiliated with the outside organizations and resources listed on this page and cannot officially endorse their content or practices. This collection is a small selection of resources and is not a comprehensive set of mental health support. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak with a crisis counselor for free, 24/7.