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11 Mental Health Resources Essential for the POC Community

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In honor of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, Urban Asian has compiled a list of essential mental health resources for the BIPOC community. Read below to find therapy services, communities and networks, and mental health awareness organizations supporting BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.

NATIONAL QUEER AND TRANS THERAPISTS OF COLOR NETWORK

“The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization that actively works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color in North America.”

INSTITUTE FOR MUSLIM MENTAL HEALTH

“The Institute for Muslim Mental Health is committed to optimizing the Muslim community’s emotional health and well being. In addition, we mobilize a network of mental health professionals to ensure all American Muslims have access to high-quality resources.”

BLACK MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTORY

“The Black Mental Health Directory is just the first step. Ultimately the Black mental health community is moving towards being more organized and so that we can serve with greater power, strengthen prevention efforts, inform policy, become less dependent on state and corporate sources of funding and increase access to services to the people that really need them.”

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THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRLS

“To be seen, to be heard, and to be understood. So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. Furthermore, we developed this space to present mental health resource topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.”

BLACK THERAPY LOVE

“STATEMENT FROM THE FOUNDER: Founder and CEO of the Black Therapy Love App.  I am a 19 year Veteran, Mental Health Advocate, and have a deep love for my people. In addition, I created the App for my family, for my friends, and for you that deal with and have that voice that tells you you’re alone in your Mental Health struggles….. Moreover, I’m here to tell you you’re not and we are here to walk with you.”

MELANIN THERAPY

“Our mission is to create a safe and sacred space of hope and healing for African Americans and People of color living with mental illness and to connect the community with culturally-competent and theoretically-sound clinicians. Furthermore, we are committed to ethically implementing evidence-based modalities. In addition, these take into consideration the historical and modern-day experiences of African Americans and POC and giving consideration to how those experiences impact mental health and mental health treatment.” 

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OURSELVES BLACK

“Narratives matter. Positive self-image, family bonds, strong communities, and a sense of security are fundamental to mental health. For black people, each has been not merely undermined but at times outright attacked by the predominant narratives in place since this country’s inception. 

The fight for mental health is real. And necessary.”

BLACK GIRL NERDS

“We still have a serious issue in the black community when it comes to mental illness. Many black people are still in denial, shame, or lack of knowledge on the subject. Did you know that African Americans living below poverty are three times more likely to report serious psychological distress than those living above (and/or in) poverty? Moreover, we are also 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the rest of the general population.”

ASIAN AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

“MISSION: Advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.”

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ETHNIC COUNSELORS

“BENEFITS: Create on an online professional presence with a customizable profile; Let potential clients and colleagues find and connect with you; Promote your own custom workshops and trainings; Also, to create and/or search classified ads; Use our multimedia tools to Upload videos, connect to social media platforms, chat with other members and schedule client appointments as well.”

NATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (NAAPIMHA)

“The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. NAAPIMHA’s mission is to promote the mental health and well being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Since its founding, 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 throughout the country.”

For more mental health resources, visit this BIPOC Mental Health Resource Guide.

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