Right now, with all that’s happening in our country – including the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests, and racial violence – we could all use more support and therapy.
Sadly, therapy is not accessible to everyone who needs it, even those with health insurance.
And not every therapist will create a safe space for BIPOC and LGBTQIA clients, so therapy isn’t always a positive experience.
I believe that everyone who works in a helping profession would benefit from mental health support, so I’ve been gathering a list of more accessible, culturally-sensitive resources to add to the CiB Program. I thought I’d share that here with everyone.
Before I do, I want to acknowledge that all human beings struggle and are exposed to trauma.
But folks who are part of the BIPOC community have distinctly different experiences of racial trauma and systemic oppression that needs to be acknowledged.
See: What is racial trauma?
Below is a list of affordable mental health options for everyone, as well as some specific resources for BIPOC.
Everyone deserves support. I hope this list makes it a little easier for you to find the support that truly meets your individual needs.
General resources for affordable support:
7 Cups, free emotional support
Emotional support hotlines (warm lines) directory
General resources for affordable, inclusive therapy:
How to find affordable therapy.
The Open Path Collective, a non-profit that offers reduced cost, inclusive therapy
Ayana an app that connects marginalized and intersectional communities to online mental health help (offers limited free online help for frontline workers during COVID)
Inclusive Therapists directory offers a number of resources for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent people, and people with disabilities
Therapist directories and resources for Black men and women:
The Loveland Foundation offers resources for Black women and girls, including financial assistance for therapy
BEAM: Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective offers a Black virtual therapist directory (for tele-sessions)
Therapy for Black Girls directory
Therapy for Black Men directory
Melanin and Mental Health dope therapist directory
Boris L Henson Foundation therapist directory and free telehealth session
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
Looking for more? Check out 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country for a comprehensive list of resources.
Tips on how to find an anti-racist therapist from @melaninandmentalhealth:
I’ll be adding these resources to The CiB program, so that they’re a permanent resource going forward. If you know of any resources you’d like to see added to this list, please leave a comment.
I do want to I acknowledge that I am a white, straight, cis-gendered female and it’s not my intention to cause harm to anyone with this post, but if I do – please let me know. I am open to your feedback.