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A Mighty BIPOC Mental Health Resource Guide

Are you looking for support based on a specific experience with your identity? This handy list includes organizations and initiatives that focus on finding the right therapist for you, as well as suicide prevention and men’s mental health. It’s OK if you need different resources to address different aspects of your journey. Your mental and emotional health matters. We hope you find strength and community through these resources.

General Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Mental Health America
Movember
Inclusive Therapists

If you identify as…

LGBTQIA+

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
The Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists
The Trevor Project

Latinx/Latine

Therapy for Latinx
Latinx Therapy
Ayuda en Espanol: Suicide Prevention Line
Mental Health America’s Screening Tools and Resources in Espanol

Middle Eastern/Asian

Asian Mental Health Collective
Asians Do Therapy
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network
MannMukti
Institute for Muslim Mental Health
Muslim Wellness Foundation

Black and/or African American

Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
BEAM: Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Men
Depressed While Black
Institute for Muslim Mental Health
Muslim Wellness Foundation

Indigenous

We R Native
Center for Native American Youth: Suicide Prevention

11 BIPOC Therapists You Should Follow on Instagram

From lighthearted to serious subjects, social media has so much to offer these days. You can even learn a lot about mental health from the accounts you follow. Many licensed therapists are taking to Instagram to share graphics that help educate and squash the stigma surrounding mental health issues, while also providing coping techniques for tough times. Below you’ll find a curated list of BIPOC therapists you should consider adding to your feed. These profiles are not a replacement for therapy, but can help you between therapy sessions — a perfect addition to your mental health toolkit.

1. Minaa B., LMSW: Minaa B. is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in many areas including childhood trauma, racial trauma and self-care. Her book, “Rivers Are Coming,” was released in 2016 and is about emotional healing.

2. Jenny Wang, Licensed Psychologist: Jenny Wang offers compassionate psychotherapy and uses her Instagram account to discuss Asian diaspora and social justice from a mental health standpoint. She makes sure her practice is a safe space for women specifically.

3. Jasmine Cepeda, LCSW: Jasmine specializes in anxiety and transitions. She has written a guide dedicated to the Latinx community called “12 Ways to Cope With Your Latina Mom and Her Difficulties.”

4. Sonali Gupta, Clinical Psychologist: Sonali Gupta is self-described as eclectic when it comes to her approach. She focuses on many concerns including but not limited to work-life balance, creative blocks and self-esteem.

5. Sonalee Rashatwar, LCSW, MEd: Sonalee Rashatwar is a sex therapist who focuses on sexual tauma, body image, racial and immigrant identity and more. Rashatwar is also an avid speaker and is a community organizer for a political action summer camp for LGBTQ+ South Asian and Indo-Caribbean youth.

6. Ashley McGirt: Ashley McGirt is a trauma therapist who focuses on racial trauma in individual and group therapy sessions. She’s also a public speaker and is known as a world traveler.

7. Dr. Ally: Dr. Ally is a life coach and relationship expert who is all about winning “the little battles” when it comes to life.

8. Nedra Glover Tawwab, Therapist: Nedra Glover Tawwab is an expert on boundaries and likes to share mental health tools on Instagram. She regularly hosts Q&As and wants to give people what they need in order to have healthy relationships.

9. Courtney YellowWolf Graham, Therapist: Courtney YellowWolf Graham is both a natural health practitioner and a therapist. When she found ways of healing in her own personal life, she decided she wanted to help others do the same.

10. Patricia Alvarado, LPCC, LMHC: Patricia Alvarado is an EMDR therapist who also focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused treatment. She’s an expert when it comes to trauma and parent-child relationships.

11. Sana Powell, MA, LPC: Sana Powell describes herself as an “inclusive therapist speaking her mind.” She focuses on self-care and social justice.

Black Voices in Media: Books, Film, Music

Growing up and having to relate to characters in the media who look different from you and whose experiences are different from yours can be frustrating and, in some cases, exclusionary. Or if you are represented in the media, it may only be shown through pain or trauma as opposed to love or adventure. All of this can have a negative impact on your mental health. This is the reality that many BIPOC folks face, which is why the Black Voices in Media list below thanks to the Mighty editor Brittany J, was created. The hope is to amplify Black voices by showcasing art in the form of books, film and a Spotify playlist that is as nuanced as the human experience.

Books

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy) 

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy)

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Super Power by Brittney Cooper (Non-Fiction)

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall (Non-Fiction)

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (Contemporary Fiction, Romance)

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory (Contemporary Fiction, Romance)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Fiction, Young Adult)

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Fiction, Young Adult)

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey (Non-Fiction)

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Fiction, Young Adult, LGBTQIA+)

TV/Film

A Wrinkle in Time (PG) 2018
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother and her friend to space in order to find him.

Black is King (PG) 2020
This visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons from “The Lion King” for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.

Black Panther (PG-13) 2018
T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and confront a challenger from his country’s past.

Dirty Computer (Visual Album by Janelle Monae) (Not Rated) 2018
An Android, Jane 57821, attempts to break free from the constraints of a totalitarian society that forcibly makes Jane comply with its homophobic beliefs.

Insecure (R) 2016 to present
Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.

Little (PG-13) 2019
A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.

Lovecraft Country (R) 2020 to present
A young African-American travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing father.

Moonlight (R) 2016
A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood.

The Lovebirds (R) 2020
A couple, played by actors Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery.

The Photograph (PG-13) 2020
A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and the present.

MUSIC PLAYLIST: Black Voices Mighty Tool Kit Playlist

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LGBTQI RESOURCES

  • The Trevor Project is a support network for LGBTQ youth providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention, including a 24-hour text line (Text “START” to 678678)

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