Mental health resources for Black people in need of care

The following resources are specifically designed to help Black people struggling with mental distress and who are in need of self-care tools, or information about where to find therapeutic support. When met with a list of resources there is always a risk of feeling overwhelmed, so you may want to work through the information provided here in stages, or pick one organisation or tool to begin with prior to moving on. Don’t feel pressured to read and use everything listed below, instead choose what might help and comfort you best from this range of help and care resources.

 

Self Care Apps

The following apps are designed to help you relax, practice mindfulness, understand your mental health, recharge and feel empowered.

The Safe Place App

Liberate App

Elevate App

Shine App

 

Resources to help you understand your mental health and look after yourself

These are reading lists, podcasts and other materials for you to work through and reflect on. Some provide information about mental wellbeing and care while others encourage you to take action to look after yourself.

Self Care Readings from POC Classroom

Mental Wellness Information and Resources by Sista Afya

Ourselves Black

Black Girl + Mental Health

Black Mental Health Resources for #BlackHistoryMonth from Everyone Counts

Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health from the Trevor Project

A Black Man’s Guide for Self Care from Let’s Talk Bruh

Radical Self Care: 25 Tips for Black People from Afropunk

The Black Wellness Community

Rebel Well: A starter survival guide to Trumped America by Scarleteen (who also provide sexual health advice)

Sharing Hope: An African American Guide to Mental Health from NAMI

Men Thrive

Brown Girl Self Care

Self-Care Toolkit for Black women from Tribe

Mental health: ethnic minority experiences by HealthTalk

Depressed While Black

Darkness Rising

Mental Health Resources from BLDPWR

13 Therapy and Wellness Resources for Black people from I Don’t Mind

African American Communities and Mental Health from Project LETS

 

Positivity

Many mental health and self care resources rightly focus on negative issues and troubling symptoms, but equally positive stories and resources may inspire and heal. Here are some examples to explore

Unapologetically US

The Unplug Collective

Good Black News

Ethel’s Club

The Nap Ministry

Because Of Them We Can

 

Helping you to help others

Alongside caring for yourself, you may also want to know how to support others in your family or community. This may be particularly important if you’re struggling with your own mental health due to looking after other people.  These resources are designed to help you provide assistance while maintaining healthy boundaries.

How to learn Psychological First Aid

Brother, You’re On My Mind toolkit from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and NIMHD

Community Healing Guide by Balanced Black Girl

 

Organisations and Charities Assisting Black Mental Health

These are groups whose mission is to explain Black mental health issues and enhance wellbeing. Some of these organisations also offer helplines or advice services, while others include reading materials or answers to commonly asked questions about mental wellbeing and distress.

Black Mental Health Alliance

Community Healing Network

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

The Siwe Project

Academics for Black Survival and Wellness

Black Thrive

Brave Space Alliance

Sharing Voices

Muslim Mental Health

Black Men Heal

The Steve Fund

Nurturing Black Minds

Consciously Coping

The Confess Project

 

Therapists and Therapy Organisations

If you need a therapist the following organisations allow you to find a therapist in your area, and most also have information on their websites about what to expect from therapy, what therapy can and cannot deliver, and how therapy might work for you. Alongside additional mental health resources similar to the ones listed above.  Remember, if you want to use a therapist it is fine to call a few first to ensure you feel comfortable talking to them. Many therapists will offer an initial consultation free to check you and they can work together. Some therapists offer a sliding fee scale or may provide some therapy at a reduced cost or free (if you can’t afford to pay the organisations listed above may be able to assist or you can use the resources provided here to help you help yourself). Before you contact a therapist, note the issue(s) you wish to address in therapy (e.g. work stress, childhood abuse, relationship breakdown, racial trauma) and the characteristics you’d like your therapist to have (e.g. caring, empowering, compassion-focused, and/or trauma informed).

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network

Black Mental Wellness (also @BlackMentalWellness on Instagram)

Therapy for Black Girls

Melanin and Mental Health

Black Girls Smile

Therapy for Black Men

Inclusive Therapists

Henry Health

Find A Therapist of Color from InnoPsych

LGBTQ Therapists of Color

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

Black LGBTQIA+ Therapy Fund

Black Minds Matter

Directory of African American Therapists hosted by Psychology Today

Black Mental Health Resources by State (US) from Ebony Magazine

The Love Land Foundation

Patrice N Douglas

Melanated Women’s Health

 

Self Help Books for Black Folk

These books are written to help you understand your own mental health needs, address racial trauma, and find ways to look after your own wellbeing. You may find working through them difficult and might want to share this with a friend or loved one, making use of the resources listed above too.

Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability by  Stephanie Y Evans,  Kanika Bell and Nsenga K Burton

Black Mental Health Matters by Aaren Snyder

Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting by Terrie M Williams

Overcoming Everyday Racism: Building Resilience and Wellbeing in the Face of Discrimination and Microaggressions by Susan Cousins

 

For Black Children and Teens

The mental health of Black children and teens can profoundly influence adult issues and trauma. These resources are created to increase self-esteem, build confidence, help children celebrate their Blackness, while addressing distress or wider mental health difficulties. The resources for adults listed above may also contain information you can adapt.

Couched In Colour podcast by Dr Alfiee about young people’s mental wellbeing

Racism and Racial Bullying from Childline

Black Boy Joy: 30 Picture Books Featuring Black Male Protagonists by Charnaie Gordon

Broadening the Story: 60 Picture Books Starring Black Mighty Girls from A Mighty Girl

Sweet Blackberry Foundation

Engage Toolkit from The Children’s Society

 

Inpatient care

These resources, along with those above, are for anyone who’s been sectioned or an inpatient in a psychiatric ward or special hospital. If you have previously been an in-patient you may require additional therapy due to the trauma of being hospitalised (check with the list of therapists above and request someone that can offer appropriately informed care for you).

300 Voices project from Time to Change

Breaking the Circles of Fear report from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

The Mental Health Foundation explains more about the prevalence and causes of mental health problems for Black people.

 

Healthcare

These resources provide information on physical health issues that can also impact on mental wellbeing.

Black Women’s Health Initiative

Fit as a Fiddle: Engaging faith and BME communities in activities for wellbeing from Age Concern

British Heart Foundation’s resources for people of African and African Caribbean Background

 

Support for Black therapists and other care providers

If you’re supporting Black communities you may need guidance and assistance yourself. Resources below are there to empower you within your work.

Self-Care Strategies for Black Clinicians: Managing Racially-Based Stressors by Beverly Ibeh

Best Practice Working with African American/Black Patients from the American Psychiatric Association

African American Communities and Mental Health from Project LETS

 

Additional advice

The resources above are specifically created by and for Black people, but the helplines and groups listed here are there if you need advice or assistance in other areas (e.g. bereavement, relationship problems, sexual difficulties, financial hardship).

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