13 Mental Health Resources for Black Parents
In recent years the national conversation about mental health has begun to shake some of the stigma that shrouded it for so long. With that, mental health support has become more expansive (especially as great virtual options have cropped up). But for too many Black Americans, there are still barriers in place that make attaining quality mental health care more difficult than it should be. And, Black moms and dads need these services. Black Americans face racism, discrimination, and economic disparities that make the need for quality and affordable mental health services even more urgent. In fact, according to one report, Black people are more likely to report persistent sadness, emotional distress, and hopelessness than their white peers.
No one should have to suffer. Whether you’re looking for the right therapist for yourself or your child, financial support to put that therapy within reach, or other mental health resources, we hope this list can make getting help a little easier.
Therapy is not one-size-fits-all, which is why the founders of Melanin and Mental Health decided to create a resource of culturally competent clinicians specifically for Black and Latinx people. Their site connects individuals with therapists, events, and free resources on quality mental health.
BEAM has a collective of experts—yoga instructors, advocates, teachers, psychologists, religious leaders, and more—who work together to offer Black communities better access to services that target specific mental health needs. Of particular interest, they’re also starting a network of virtual Black therapists.
If you’re looking for a local Black psychologist, access this simple database to find professionals listed by state. If your state doesn’t list any Black psychologists, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there are none! It may just be that there aren't any who have registered with this particular association yet.
Sista Afya's primary intention is to bring quality mental health to Black women. The group works to create and sustain mental health wellness through community outreach programs that include individual and group therapy, community workshops, holistic healing events, and much more.
Services include individual psychotherapy, weekly virtual meetup groups, diversity, equity and inclusion training to groups and companies, and speaking engagements that each aim to heal and empower. Black Men Heal works with men across all financial situations to ensure that an individual can access therapy.
Ourselves Black is both a digital and print magazine rooted in the storytelling experience of Black and brown people. With powerful images and stories, the group shares what mental health struggles look like for people of color. Ourselves Black also offers a robust list of resources, including a providers directory, a mental illness library, and a specific section for parents.
POC Online Classroom is a stripped-down site that includes lists of lessons on self-care, mental health, and healing for people of color and those within activist movements. Among the reading list and resources, you’ll also find this particularly helpful gem: a massive, crowd-sourced Google Doc list of specific actions to take for self-care based on what you’re feeling.
Hurdle provides culturally intentional, evidence-based mental health services for Black individuals. Their unique model offers services only from therapists who have completed Hurdle Cultural Responsiveness Training, which equips them with the skills needed to effectively address issues of race, ethnicity, class, and culture.
As you might expect from the name, here you can access a directory to Black female therapists (or Black male therapists). Also check out their Instagram for bite-sized mental health and their podcast.
Spearheaded by activist Rachel Cargle, this organization provides financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy. While the Loveland Therapy Fund sign up has reached capacity for the quarter, share your email and they'll alert you when signups start up again.
Founded by actress Taraji P. Henson in honor of her late father who wrestled with mental health issues following his tour of duty in Vietnam, this foundation aims to help other Black Americans access the mental health resources they need. In addition to free mental wellness support, the foundation also funds scholarships for Black students pursuing mental health careers, as well as mental health programs in schools, prisons, and more.
Therapy for Black Girls allows users to search for nearby providers, plus they offers a host of other resources—including a podcast and a members-only virtual community—designed to help Black women and girls thrive.
This easy-to-search database helps people find therapists who celebrate their identity, so you can find the perfect professional for your needs. Filter by type of service, location, and more.
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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider.