July is Minority Mental Health Month. During this critical time, when systemic racism and anti-Black violence have been brought to the forefront of global consciousness, we must urgently address the mental health disparities that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities face and continue to uplift BIPOC voices and stories. Centuries of historical adversities, violence, and oppression against BIPOC communities have contributed to racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS). Trauma has a direct link to mental health conditions - so we must view racism as a mental health issue.
Research indicates that compared to white counterparts, BIPOC individuals are:
(Source: Counseling Today)
In addition, it is important to recognize that the Black and Indigenous communities faces distinct sets of challenges from other people of color:
(Source: Mental Health America)
BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health) - A collective of advocates, from yoga teachers and religious leaders to psychologists and lawyers. Through education, training, advocacy, and the creative arts, BEAM is committed to removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or connected with emotional health care and healing.
Black Girls Smile - Providing young African American females with the education, support, and resources necessary to lead a positively mentally healthy life.
Black Women's Health Imperative - The first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls. Check out their video series Black & Well TV, created to bring awareness to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community.
The Boris L. Henson Foundation - Founded by Taraji P. Henson and named after her father. Dedicated to providing support, eradicating the stigma, and bringing awareness to mental health issues that plague the Black community. Check out their directory of Black-centered mental health providers and programs.
Brother, You're On My Mind: Changing the National Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men - A partnership between Omega Phi Psi Fraternity, Inc. and. the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Dedicated to raising awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect African American men and their families. Check out their toolkit.
Lee Thompson Young Foundation - Created by family of actor Lee Thompson Young, of Friday Night Lights and Rizzoli & Isles. Providing mental health and wellness education to children, teachers, parents, and community leaders.
The Loveland Foundation - Committed to bringing opportunity and healing to communities of color, especially Black women and girls, through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more. The Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy.
Sista Afrya - Provides mental wellness education, connection to resources, and community support for Black women living with mental health conditions.
Therapy for Black Girls by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford - Dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls, created by licensed psychologist Dr. Joy. Check out her referral tool to find providers, both in-person and virtual services, and her popular podcast of the same name.
Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) - Dedicated to advancing the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.
Asian Mental Health Project - Providing educational resources that push for more accessible and the destigmatization of mental health in Asian American communities.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) - Focused on improving the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Offers a weekly digital community care package, which includes inspirational stories, resources in a variety of languages, tools for managing mental health, and a platform to share your story.
Brown Girl Therapy - Founded by Sahaj Kohli, Alum Overnight Walker! Promotes mental health, therapy, and identity exploration for children of immigrants - especially South Asians and women of color.
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) - Strives to raise awareness of the role of mental health in an individual's health and well-being, especially in Asian American Pacific Islander communities. Check out their directory of mental health providers for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network (SAMHIN) - Works to reduce social and economic barriers that limit access to care for South Asian individuals, through research and mental health education.
The Focus on You: Self-care, mental health, and an inspirational blog run by a Latina therapist
Información y Materiales de Salud Mental en Español (Mental Health Resources and Materials translated into Spanish) from Mental Health America
Latinx Therapy - Began as a podcast about mental health well-being and destigmatization in the Latinx community and has expanded to provide more extensive resources, including a directory of Latinx mental health professionals.
NAMI - Compartiendo Esperanza: No Hay Salud Sin Salud Mental: An online, bilingual educational booklet, providing mental health information and resources.
Indian Health Service (IHS), Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) - The primary source of national advocacy, policy development, management, and administration of behavioral health, alcohol and substance abuse, and family violence prevention programs for American Indian and Alaska Native people. Some DBH programs include: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Indigenous Story Studio - A Canadian organization that creates illustrations, posters, videos, and comic books on health and social issues for youth.
National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC - An auxiliary of Mental Health Technology Transfer Center that works with organizations and treatment practitioners to provide mental health services to American Indian and Alaska natives individuals, families, and tribal and urban Native communities.
One Sky Center: The American Indian/Alaska Native National Resource Center for Health, Education, and Research - Working to improve prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use problems and services among Native people. Featuring a number of downloadable resources, such as a Guide to Suicide Prevention.
WeRNative - A comprehensive health resource for Native youth, promoting holistic health and positive growth in local communities and the nation at large.
Bilingual Center for Mindfulness - Mindfulness meditations, classes, and workshops in Spanish.
Liberate Meditation - A free meditation app created by and designed for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.
Mindful Heart Center - Meditations in Japanese.
Mindfulness for the People - A Black-owned social change agency dedicated to disrupting systemic whiteness in the mindfulness movement.
The Underbelly - Online yoga classes and mindfulness exercises from internationally-renowned yoga teacher and body positivity advocate Jessamyn Stanley.