June 27, 2020
As the world confronts systemic violence and racism against black communities, including LGBTQI+ people of color, a growing number of resources are dedicated to the mental health needs of impacted communities. We wanted to share a comprehensive list of some of those resources - here, you’ll find organizations for the black community, including marginalized LGBTQI+ groups. We recommend thoroughly researching any resource you choose to explore. Remember: you are not alone.
Ayana Therapy was founded on the premise that finding the ideal therapist is a right, not a privilege. Serving marginalized and intersectional communities, this Los Angeles-based organization offers online mental therapy as well as free therapy for frontline workers.
Melanin & Mental Health is on a mission to connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. This Austin-based organization was founded by two black women therapists who are committed to promoting the growth and healing of black communities through our website, online directory, and monthly events.
Psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford created Therapy for Black Girls as an online resource where Black women can connect on mental health issues and access a directory of local therapists. Since 2017, millions of people have downloaded her podcast, which covers mental health issues that are unique to black women.
The suicide rate among black men quadruples that of black women. The American Association of Suicidology presents alarming statistics about the suicide rates across the black community, and mental health resources for black men represent an urgent and important need. Therapy For Black Men offers a robust wealth of resources for men and boys of color who could use mental health guidance or professional support.
Therapy for Queer People of Color (QPoC) was created as a safe space to explore sexual and gender identity alongside issues with oppression and trauma. This resource welcomes racially and ethnically diverse people, including LGBTQ+ and those who are consensually non-monogamous. You can track down mental health resources dedicated to meeting these unique needs in their directory.
Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a non-profit nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office mental health care — at a steeply reduced rate—to individuals, couples, children, and families in need. Psychotherapy sessions are offered both virtually and in-person between $30 and $60, and these sliding scale costs can make therapy more accessible.
Founded by a licensed clinical counselor who struggled with finding a therapist of color, Black Female Therapists makes it easy to identify and locate a therapist of color.
Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) envisions a world where there are no barriers to black healing. Explore their site for great resources like journaling prompts, a directory of black therapists, and training. This nonprofit is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of black communities through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
The mission of Dive in Well is to cultivate space, community, conversations, and change for a more equitable and accessible wellness industry, now valued at 4.75 trillion dollars. To level the playing field, their organization offers digital classes on various wellness practices, donation-based digital events with a self-care slant.
Finally, we recognize that it might take time to find the right resources for you. If you have thoughts of self-harm, you can get immediate support from a live crisis counselor who can connect with you. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-273-8255.