Mental Health Resources for Persons of Color:
African Americans and Mental Health
Organizations and Directories
American Psychological Association’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs
AYANA Therapy Blog Post
Black Female Therapists
Black Mental Health Alliance
Black Mental Wellness
The Loveland Foundation
Melanin & Mental Health
NAMI: African American Mental Health
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Men
BEAM, Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective: organization with information on mental health training, toolkits and a directory of licensed Black therapists who can provide online services.
Black Mental Health Alliance: organization that connects individuals with therapists and provides professional training.
Ethel’s Club: social and wellness community where paying members can access group workouts, guided meditations, wellness salons and art workshops as part of the healing process.
Psychology Today Directory of African American Therapists: detailed therapist listings for states and major cities.
Sistah Afya Community Mental Wellness: social impact business that provides mental health education, therapy, community support and resources to help young adult Black women.
Therapy for Black Girls: website associated with a podcast by same name that offers a therapist locator, group chats and blog articles to encourage the wellness of Black women and girls.
Resources and Podcasts
African Americans, Anxiety and Depression Association of America: information on choosing providers and accompanying ADAA articles on topics such as how to overcome unique obstacles and the link between racism and stress and anxiety for Black Americans.
Black/African American, Behavioral Health Equity, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: information page from agency that runs the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) for confidential support for those in distress and National Helpline (800-662-4357) for treatment referral and support.
Black and African American Communities and Mental Health, Mental Health America: fact sheet about prevalence of, attitudes about, and treatment for mental health issues with information specific to bipolar disorder and clinical depression.
Black Mental Matters Podcast: weekly conversations that address mental health disparities in the Black community to break the stigma.
Black Therapist Podcast: discussions about unique issues when dealing with mental health care and mental health diagnosis.
Brother, You’re on My Mind Toolkit, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: website with educational material, checklists and tips on partnerships, outreach and event planning aimed at African American men.
Minding My Black Business Podcast: series dedicated to the mental health of Black entrepreneurs.
Sharing Hope: Speaking With African Americans About Mental Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness: presentation about stigma, possibilities of recovery, types of support services and signs of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression.
Therapy for Black Girls Podcast: weekly chat about mental health, personal development and more for Black women and girls.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Mental Health
Organizations and Directories
APISAA Therapist Directory
Asian Canadian Therapist Directory
National Suicide Prevention Line
(1-800-273-TALK) Asian Languages: 1-877-990-8585
Crisis Text Line
Text CONNECT to 741741
Asian Law Caucus/Asian American Advancing Justice
Stop AAPI Hate
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
Peer2Peer Warm Line
Asian American Psychological Association: organization for professionals that has fact sheets on brain injury, trauma and violence exposure, intimate partner violence, student-adjustment challenges, bullying and suicide.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service: organization based in the state of Washington that provides Asian American and Pacific Islander communities with mental health services and support.
Asians Do Therapy: website working to reduce stigma about and improve access to therapy with guidance on finding a therapist.
Asian Mental Health Collective: group raising awareness about the importance of mental health care among Asian Diasporic communities with an Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Therapist Directory of providers nationwide.
Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers: agency based in Los Angeles County, California, that offers mental health counseling online as well as workshops and group activities for the Asian Pacific communities in its service area.
Cambodian Association of America: organization that provides information and programs related to mental health topics such as stressors and their risk factors, meditation, yoga exercises and anger management.
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association: organization with trainings, self-care tips and articles related to the mental health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
Resources and Podcasts
Asian-Americans, ADAA: information on choosing a provider and accompanying ADAA articles on why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders don’t go to therapy and the group’s mental health needs.
Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA: information page from agency that runs the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) for confidential support for those in distress and National Helpline (800-662-4357) for treatment referral and support.
Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health, MHA: fact sheet about prevalence, attitudes, treatment and potential issues with mental health care access or insurance.
Asians Do Therapy Podcast: conversations with Asian and Asian American therapists and clients.
Korean American Perspectives Podcast: Council of Korean Americans series featuring episodes on experiencing burnout and trauma, navigating mental health, practicing self-compassion and more.
MannMukti: platform with stories, a MannMukti Community Facebook group and podcast series focusing on South Asians living with mental health issues.
Latinx Americans and Mental Health
Organizations and Directories
Latinx Therapy: directory of mental health therapists and other helpful information for the Latinx community.
Therapy for Latinx: directory of verified therapists, psychiatrists, community clinics, emergency mental health, life coaches and support groups for the Latinx community.
National Alliance for Hispanic Health: organization with information on various topics that offers a helpline (866-783-2645) for assistance navigating the health system.
Supporting the Hispanic/Latino Community, The Campaign to Change Direction: initiative with crisis counseling text line (text 741741).
Resources and Podcasts
Ayuda En Espanol, Suicide Prevention Lifeline: information on a Spanish language crisis line (888-628-9454) and other relevant topics.
Hispanic/Latino Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA: information page from agency that runs the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) for confidential support for those in distress and National Helpline (800-662-4357) for treatment referral and support.
Latinx/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health, MHA: mental health fact sheet about prevalence, attitudes, treatment and screening tools in English and Spanish.
Latinx Mental Health, NAMI: information on issues to consider such as privacy, language, natural medicine, faith and spirituality and cultural competency of a provider.
Latinx, ADAA: guidance on choosing a provider and accompanying ADAA articles on why members of the Latino community don’t go to therapy and what their mental health needs as well as information on ADAA’s Spanish-language, anonymous, online peer support group for anxiety and depression.
Latinx Therapy Podcast: episodes about self-help techniques, how to support others and cultural competency among providers.
22-minute video about different kinds of mental illnesses, treatments and how to find care.
Native Americans and Alaska Natives and Mental Health
Organization and Directories
Behavioral Health, Indian Health Service: agency information hub with sections on various behavioral health issues, mental health issues and suicide.
Center for Native American Youth: organization with tools including videos, peer-to-peer engagement activities and a resource exchange.
National Indian Health Board: Tribal governments’ organization with toolkits and information on federal agencies and private foundations providing services.
Native Americans for Community Action: organization in Arizona providing behavioral health services.
Native American Health Center: California Bay-Area organization providing behavioral health services.
Tribal Affairs, SAMHSA: information on services the government agency provides to Native American communities accompanied by details on the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) and SAMHSA’s National Helpline (800-662-4357).
Resources and Podcasts
All My Relations Podcast: series focused on relationships Native people have with land, ancestors and each other with episodes on topics such as Indigenous feminism, family wellness and mascots.
Native and Indigenous Communities and Mental Health, MHA: fact sheet about prevalence of, attitudes toward, and treatment for mental health issues among Native Americans.
Native Americans, Suicide Prevention Lifeline: information about self-care and how to help someone in crisis, with reminders about SAMHSA’s lifeline (800-273-8255).
Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage, American Psychological Association: page with articles related to psychology among Native Americans, information on policy, and educational tools.
Other Organizations and Directories
Inclusive Therapists: database for people to connect with therapists focused on the needs of marginalized populations including people of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities.
LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color: directory of therapists based in Northern California; also lists those providing online services.
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: Organization with directory of therapists nationwide.
Resources and Podcasts
Fireflies Unite With Kea Podcast: Stories of people thriving with mental illness within communities of color.
Wellness in Color Podcast: series from National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota with the mission to reshape the cultural language about mental illness through stories.
National Organization for People of Color against Suicide
Inclusive Therapists aims to make the process of seeking therapy simpler and safer for all people, especially marginalized populations.
Online Resources and Apps:
Liberate - #1 meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community. https://liberatemeditation.com/
Between Sessions Podcast
Dear Black Boy: The Therapeutic Podcast for Black Men
Root & Grow Chats w/ Dr. Amber Thorton
The Secret Lives of Black Women
The Viva Wellness Podcast
Depressed While Black: An online community, blog, and video hub for Black mental health.
Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself: An article by global health professor Roberta K. Timothy.
Healing in Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice & Direct Action: A guide by Black Lives Matter Healing Justice Working Group on preparing for action, self-care during an action, and restoration and resilience after an action.
Mental Health Tips for African Americans to Heal after Collectively Witnessing an Injustice: A self-care video by Brandon J. Johnson, M.H.S.
Racial Trauma and Self-Care in Tragedy: A resource list by University of North Texas.
Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News: A conversation between Kenya Hameed, PsyD and Jamie Howard, PhD of Child Mind Institute.
Representation Matters in Social Work: We Need More Black Therapists by Relando Thompkins-Jones
Sharing Hope: Speaking with African Americans about Mental Health an hour-long presentation that can help increase mental health awareness in African American communities by addressing a number of important topics | NAMI
The Safe Place : A minority mental health app geared specifically towards the black community.
44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country | By Zahra Barnes, Self Magazine
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting by Terrie M. Williams
Crunk Feminist Collection by Brittany Cooper
Eloquent Rage by Brittany Cooper
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Dr. Joy DeGruy
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
12 Books on Mental and Emotional Health by Blackety Black Folks, a reading list by Alexander Hardy
Black Men and Depression by John Head
Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting by Terrie M. Williams
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP
Aronson, J., Burgess, D., Phelan,S. M., & Juarez, L. (2013). Unhealthy interactions: The role of stereotype threat in health disparities. American Journal of Public Health, 103(1), 50-55.
Smith, W., Hung, M., & Franklin, J.D. (2011) Racial battle fatigue and the miseducation of black men: Racial microaggressions, societal problems, and environmental stress. The Journal of Negro Education, 80 (1), 63-82.
Multiple languages available. Mixture of information and practical exercises to manage worry and maintain well-being in these uncertain times. https://www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and-anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/
The Impact of Racism & Trauma on Emotional and Mental Health
Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue | American Association of Public Health
Black & African American Communities and Mental Health | Mental Health America
Free Racialized Trauma Course | Cultural Somatics Institute
Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma | Kenneth V. Hardy
How Racism, Trauma, and Mental Health Are Linked | Christine Herman, PhD & Shardé Smith, PhD
How Restorative Yoga Can Help Heal Racial Wounding |Gail Parker
Mending Racialized Trauma: A Body Centered Approach A conversation between Rebecca Wong and Resmaa Menakem
Racial Trauma is Real: The Impact of Police Shootings on African Americans | Dr. Erlanger A. Turner & Jasmine Richardson
Racism is Trauma | Judith Sandalow, Executive Director, Children's Law Center
Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America | The Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide
The Link Between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans: A Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Coping Approach | Jessica R. Graham-LoPresti, PhD, Tahirah Abdullah, PhD, Amber Calloway, MA, & Lindsey M. West, PhD, Anxiety.org
The Link Between Racism and PTSD | Dr. Monnica T. Williams, Psychology Today
The Trauma of Racism | New York University Silver School of Social Work
Widening the Lens: Exploring the Role of Social Justice in Suicide Prevention - A Racial Equity Toolkit | Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Resources for Mental Health Providers
Treating Mental Health in the Black Community Learn how you can better serve Black clients from therapists and trainers Donna Oriowo, PhD, LICSW, Shawan Worsley, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, and Michael Jones, EdS, LPC-S. Hosted by Ben Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT and Education Director at SimplePractice
Understanding Racial Trauma-Informed Interventions | Alexandra Pajak, LCSW, Social Work Today
Uncovering the Trauma of Racism: New Tools for Clinicians | Dr. Monnica T. Williams, Psychology Today
Taking Action Against Racism
13th: documentary directed by Ava Duvernay on how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.
5 Tips for Being an Ally: ideo by Francesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh).
Being Antiracist: Information and activities from the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt
How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Ijeoma Oluo: "So You Want to Talk About Race" | Talks at Google: A video of a talk given by bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo.
Implicit Association Test (IAT) : assessment to uncover subconscious biases you may hold.
Just Mercy: a story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King
Mona Chalabi: an Instagram account with visual representations of data on social issues, including race.
Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News: a conversation between Kenya Hameed, PsyD and Jamie Howard, PhD of Child Mind Institute.
Stamped from the Beginning The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
The Anatomy of White Guilt: a paper from the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The Comprehensive Guide to Anti-Racism Resources: a guide for anti-racism supports — articles, videos, podcasts, books, films, resources for parents, and more — created by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein.
The Cycle of Liberation: a chapter written by Bobbie Harro for Readings for Diversity and Social Justice.
The Cycle of Socialization: a chapter written by Bobbie Harro for Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice.
The Emotional Lives of White People : A paper from the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Toward a Racially Just Workplace: A Harvard Business Review article by Laura Morgan Roberts & Anthony J. Mayo.
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Teach and Take Action
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice | Corinne Shutack
Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators | The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups | Western States Center
Social Justice Resources: They're Not Too Young to Talk About Race | The Children’s Community School
Social Justice: Resources for Talking with Your Children | Glazer Children’s Museum
Talking About Race | National Museum of African American History & Culture
Tolerance Lesson: Talking About Race and Racism (Grade Level 9-12) | Teaching Tolerance
Support and Donate
Organizations Supporting Black Mental Health
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a training, movement building, and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
Eustress raises awareness on the importance of mental health in underserved communities, allowing individuals to identify and overcome challenges to achieve a healthier and productive lifestyle.
Melanated Social Work shares mental health resources, information, and discussions created and curated by four men of color in the social work field.
My Brother's Keeper Cares strives to remain a consistent support network that people can relate to and rely on within the urban environment.
Project LETS The Trauma Healing Fund provides grants for Black people to access therapy.
Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness sustains the mental wellness of Black women through building community, sharing information, and connecting Black women to quality mental wellness services.
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation provides support for and brings awareness to mental health issues that plague the African American community.
The Loveland Foundation provides financial support for therapy for Black women and girls.
The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation addresses mental health conditions and eradicates the effects of trauma on the Black community by providing access to therapeutic resources, creative arts, and education designed to support mental health, physical wellness, and overall development.
Organizations Working Toward Racial Equity and Social Justice
The Bail Project is a non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time.
Black Futures Lab works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally.
Blue Meridian’s Justice and Mobility Fund is a philanthropic collaboration that aims to boost economic mobility and improve the life trajectories of people impacted by the criminal justice system.
Campaign Zero advocates for local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end violence and hold police accountable.
Center for Policing Equity works to simultaneously aid police departments to realize their own equity goals as well as advance the scientific understanding of issues of equity within organizations and policing.
Color of Change designs campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.
Demos is a dynamic “think-and-do” tank that powers the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy.
GirlTrek is the largest public health nonprofit for African-American women and girls in the United States. With nearly 100,000 neighborhood walkers, GirlTrek encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families, and communities.
Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. In doing so, the movement makes it possible for us, and therefore everyone, to live healthy and fruitful lives.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma.
Vera Institute for Justice works to urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.
LGBTQIA+ Mental Health & Wellness
Atlanta Division of LGBTQ Affairs: https://atlgbtq.atlantaga.gov/home
PFLAG Support Groups: https://www.pflagatlanta.org/
Southern Equality Resource List (Provides information about providers who will write letters & provide Hormone Replacement Therapy): https://southernequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/TransInTheSouth2019.pdf?pdf=TISEng&source=LandingPageButton
LGBTQ+ Legal Support: http://www.stonewallbar.org/
Community Support & Events for Black queer and QTPOC individuals: http://www.southernfriedqueerpride.com/events
Affordable mental health services for LGBTQ+ individuals: www.all1familyinc.org/
North Druid Hills Primary Care: (Provides HRT) https://www.erineverettnp.com/
LGBTQ+ in higher education: https://www.lgbtcampus.org/
National Center for Transgender Equality: https://transequality.org/
National Black Justice Coalition: https://nbjc.org/
Asexual Visibility and Education Network: http://www.asexuality.org/
Resources for allies
The Trevor Project’s Guide to being an ally to transgender and nonbinary youth: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/guide/a-guide-to-being-an-ally-to-transgender-and-nonbinary-youth/
Supporting LGBTQ+ students in higher ed.: https://www.higheredtoday.org/2017/04/10/lgbtq-students-higher-education/
Learn about intersectionality: https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/on-intersectionality-and-allyship
Podcasts for allies: https://pflag.org/pflag-connects/podcasts
Safe Zone Project activities for allies: Activities for LGBTQ+, Sexuality, Gender, & Facilitation » The Safe Zone Project
12 Step LGBTQIA Groups
The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386
“The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.”
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (online chat available)
“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
“Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.”
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: (888) 843-4564
The GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25): (800) 246-7743
“Both provide telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.”
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
Contact the Atlanta CAPS office for more questions about programs offered to Mercer students: (678) 547-6060.
You may also contact the Associate Dean of Students' Office for more information: (678) 547-6824.
Contact Bates Canon of Atlanta CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) for information about past events: (678) 547-6060.
SAVE: Sleuths Against Violence through Engagement
Mercer University does not tolerate sexual discrimination or sexual violence and has policies in place to address situations when they occur.
Students may report violations of policy to a range of individuals (see brochure)
Unlike Georgia law, Mercer defines consent in the context of sexual activity. This definition would apply in any instances in which the college is investigating and hearing a case of an alleged policy violation.
The standard of evidence in disciplinary hearings is the Preponderance of the Evidence (more likely than not), which is a lower threshold than what is required in a criminal case.
Students may access their location-specific brochure to identify counseling services if they wish to discuss potential violations or trauma confidentially.
Mercer encourages students to consider effective strategies and safe interventions to help reduce the risk for violence and help maintain a safe and healthy community
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