Author: Mental Health Emergency Center of America, February 9, 2024
“Black History Month is often a time of reflection. It is a time to acknowledge challenges and celebrate triumphs. However, our current situation is anything but typical. Our reflections should not praise the resilience and strength of those who have overcome adversity, rather than acknowledge The psychological impact of their struggles on their lives, families and communities – then and now. Especially in the workplace.”
Tramaine EL-Amin, Vice President, Mental Health First Aid, National Council on Mental Health
These important words from Mental Health First Aid Vice President Tramaine EL-Amin in a 2021 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) blog post remain true despite the fact that mental health challenges continue to disproportionately impact Black communities.
Black mental health matters. As we celebrate Black History Month, we are sharing resources to help you support your peers, friends, and community and become an effective mental health first responder who respects the diversity of individuals. Let’s take a closer look at some of the resources available to the Black community.
social media resources
For many people, social media is more than just a source of entertainment or distraction; it’s a space to seek inspiration, focus on social issues, and support artists and small businesses. Consider hitting the follow button on some of the following Black mental health accounts:
- Black male mental health on Instagram
- Biological classification: “Our perspectives, our stories, our talents, our healing.”
- Black Mental Health Alliance on Instagram and X
- Biological classification: “A trusted forum for culturally competent mental health programs and services for marginalized communities.”
- Alkeme Health on Instagram
- Biological classification: “Providing Mental Health Support to the Black Community.”
- Loveland Foundation on Instagram
- Biological classification: “The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a special focus on Black women and girls.”
- Melanin and Mental Health on Instagram and X
- Biological classification: “Two Brown Chicks are changing the face of therapy on both sides of the couch by helping Black/Latinx people find Black/Latinx therapists.”
- Boris Hansen Foundation on Instagram and LinkedIn
- Biological classification: The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, founded by @tarajiphenson, is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for improved access, eliminating stigma and providing essential resources in the Black community.
- Black Girl Therapy on Instagram and Facebook
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- Eliminate the stigma on Instagram and websites.
- Biological classification: Educate the community on mental health and wellness through compelling content and wellness training.
- Black mental health on Instagram
- Biological classification: Provide evidence-based information from a Black perspective to highlight and increase diversity among mental health professionals and reduce mental health stigma in the Black community.
These sites offer information, activities and ideas that can have an impact on you or a friend’s mental health journey:
- Black Mental Health provides evidence-based information and resources on mental and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective. Check out the “Coping & Wellness” tab of the site to learn actionable strategies for difficult situations, such as how to talk to young people about race, discrimination, and racial trauma.
- Black Girl Therapy is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental health of Black women and girls.
- Black male therapy is working to eliminate the stigma that asking for help is a sign of weakness. The organization provides free therapy for men in a non-judgmental, culturally competent environment.
- Racism and Antiracism in America is the University of Michigan’s free online training series on dismantling systemic racism.
- The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is removing barriers for Black people to access or connect with emotional health care and therapy; it provides a nationwide directory of Black therapists who are available for online consultation.
- The African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (AABH CoE) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is determined to help transform mental health and substance use care for African Americans to make it safer, more effective, more accessible, and more Be inclusive, more welcoming, more engaging, more culturally appropriate and more sensitive.
- Team: Changing Minds is a national network of mental health responders dedicated to helping young people, especially young people, get support. They activate trusted peers and adults in young people’s lives to keep them active in their favorite pastimes, ensuring help is just a click, call or contact away.
- The Mental Health Alliance’s Black Mental Health Roadmap is a comprehensive guide to help people understand specific mental health strengths, challenges, treatments and resources in the Black community.
For a more directly involved approach, consider getting Mental Health First Aid training and learn how to support those around you and look after your own mental health.
- Use the Find a Course Tool on the MHFA website to find a virtual or in-person Mental Health First Aid course near you.
- Visit MHFA.org/workplace and fill out the inquiry form to bring mental health first aid to your workplace.
- Learn about the progress you, your organization, and its services are making in integrating social justice and equity principles into mental health and substance abuse treatment with the National Council’s Social Justice Leadership Academy (SJLA) workbook. This workbook is intended for use by individual community mental health and substance abuse treatment providers and leaders of any experience level”
For more actionable information on how to support Black mental health, check out these related MHFA blogs:
- Addressing rising suicide rates in Black communities: How you can help
- Understanding Black Employees’ Concerns About the Workplace
- Supporting the Black Community as a Mental Health First Responder
We hope you find these resources helpful and encourage you to spread the word on social networks. You never know when your actions may improve someone’s life or save a life. Thank you for choosing #BeTheDifference!