July is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Mental Health Month, also referred to as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In an effort to bring awareness to struggles that people of color face regarding mental health in the U.S., Yahoo Life is republishing this story. It was originally published on April 16, 2020 at 12:45 p.m. ET.
“A lot of black families — we don’t talk about this in the house,” said Johnson. “The idea of going to a therapist is so foreign,” she added.
“I think the stigma comes from a couple of places,” said Nutakor. “I think it becomes hard for us to trust because there haven’t been a lot of spaces that we should trust as a people, especially the medical space.”
She continued, “It’s really important for us to find people who can really see us authentically.”
If you’re looking for a therapist and don’t know where to start, Nutakor recommends heading online.
“There’s a website called Therapy for Black Girls that people use a lot and it’s nationwide, so no matter what state you’re in you know you can have access there,” she says.
“And what about for our black men?” asked Johnson.
“HealHaus.com!” said Hall. He added, “We want everyone to be able to have access to a full range of services and amazing practitioners and find the right fit for them.”
Read more from Yahoo Life
Want daily lifestyle and wellness news delivered to your inbox? Sign up here for Yahoo Life’s newsletter.