However, continuous exposure to violence via media and news reports can and does take a serious toll on mental health—especially for Black people. It amplifies the collective unease and distress felt in Black communities around the country, resulting in stress, increased heart rate and blood pressure, muscle tension, migraines, sleeplessness, and feelings of sadness, anger, fear, and hopelessness, Candice Hargons, PhD, director of the Center for Healing Racial Trauma, previously told Women's Health.
Not to mention the fact that the novel coronavirus outbreak (which has had a disproportionate impact on Black communities) has also led to a spike in anxiousness and uncertainty.
It's also worth noting that only 30 percent of African Americans with mental illness receive treatment due to socioeconomic issues (the national average is 43 percent), according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Though it's just a start, these businesses and organizations are offering free or low-cost mental health resources for the Black community during this time of heightened trauma and need.
Therapy for Black Girls
Founded by licensed psychologist Joy Harden Bradford, Therapy for Black Girls strives to work to remove the stigma of seeking mental health care and helps Black women find culturally competent therapists (pricing varies by provider). Dr. Bradford shares free mental wellness resources in live chats on Instagram and Facebook on Thursdays as well as via her popular podcast.
Therapy for Black Girls also offers the Yellow Couch Collective ($9.99 per month or $99 annually) and members get access to Deep Dives on timely topics, Q&A sessions with experts, and the ability to connect with the community. Currently, the first month is free and all you have to do to join is create an account with your name, email, and password.
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The Loveland Foundation
Rachel Cargle's The Loveland Foundation is committed to supporting and empowering communities of color, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. It offers a Loveland Therapy Fund to help remove barriers to treatment for members of diverse ethnic and racial groups. It provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy. To apply, fill out this online form and wait for confirmation before attending your first appointment.
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The Loveland Foundation is currently raising money for the Loveland Therapy Fund's 2020 Summer / Fall Cohort.
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which actress Taraji P. Henson founded to honor her Vietnam War veteran father in 2018, has been offering free virtual therapy for up to five sessions to BIPOC during the novel coronavirus pandemic. (It is a "short term opportunity offered to those experiencing a life-changing event related to or triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic" or those impacted directly or indirectly by the injustices against Black people.) Fill out this online form to register and be sure to select a provider in your state.
We know. . We’re black. . We feel it too. . The community has pulled together to support you.❤️ . Talk to someone who understands. Culturally competent (front line) mental health providers are on standby.✊🏾 . *Registration opens June 5th*. Visit our website to learn more (Link in Bio) #borislawrencehensonfoundation #ourmentalhealthmatters #blackmindsmatter #blacklivesmatter
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The nonprofit's vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health in the black community by providing support and bringing awareness to mental health issues.
Austin-based therapist Melody Li's network promises "care from a therapist who gets you." The directory only includes therapists whose "life and practice are social justice-oriented." There is a dedicated section for reduced-fee teletherapy so finances don't have to be an obstacle to care. You can filter therapists by price and location, and get their contact information to schedule a session or fill out your information online and get matched with a provider (lower-cost services available).
More and more, I hear folx feeling down on themselves for struggling during this pandemic. Seeing people "thrive" on social media during this time, I understand how it's easy to compare oneself. You may be running out of steam. Your sleep may have worsened. Your legitimate fears may be driving up your anxiety. Your resources may be dwindling. You may have a hard time holding onto hope. You may be asking yourself why you're unable to settle into these changes, even blaming yourself or feeling "broken". . This is my gentle reminder: YOU ARE WHOLE. Sadly, the system that's meant to protect us is unjust, inadequate, and resistant to change. How you are coping right now is not a reflection of how resilient, capable, or wise you are. The system is skewed to serve the most privileged. Be gentle with yourself. You are whole. You are doing your best with what you have. You are deserving of help and support. You are not alone. The power of community and collective care will continue to rise, each of us chipping in our small yet impactful parts. And bit by bit, we will work together to change the system. . Upcoming events: 5/2 Tending to Racial Trauma During Crisis: Live webinar - 4 CEUs. 5/29 Fireside Chat for members - 1.5 CEU. See link in profile for details and to register. . . The Inclusive Therapists community is responding to the COVID outbreak by offering reduced-fee teletherapy to folx whose livelihoods are impacted most. Click link in profile to find a therapist that celebrates you. 🌈 . . . . . . . . . . . . #inclusivetherapists #covid #covid_19 #covıd19 #coronavirus #coronaviruspandemic #decolonizementalhealth #decolonizetherapy #mentalhealthawareness #inclusionmatters #inclusivity #socialjustice #racialjustice #genderjustice #sexualjustice #disabilityjustice #intersectionality #diversity #equity #decolonize #lgbtq #nonbinary #queer #transgender #BIPOC #peopleofcolor #neurodiversity
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The network is also adding more Black and indigenous providers to keep up with demand by offering sponsored memberships.
Based in Chicago and founded by Camesha Jones, Sista Afya offers Black women low-cost group therapy and workshops (under $35 per session), free community-wide events, and $10 Sister Support Groups. (If you'd like to come to group and can't afford the $10 registration fee, email: email@example.com.) The online chats cover timely topics and provide actionable tips.
You can register for upcoming events and Sister Support Groups here, however individual therapy sessions are currently full and only accepting existing clients.
Do you need a check-in today? Join @sistaafya Founder Camesha and @hanahana_beauty. Camesha will share tips and ways to get support that's sustainable for your mental wellness today at 12 PM! Link in @hanahana_beauty bio!
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Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund
Writer Sonia Weiser organized a GoFundMe page to provide financial assistance for Black journalists facing financial hardship who are unable to pay for the mental health support they need during this time. Black journalists can apply for money from the fund to be used at their discretion, to see their current therapist, to see a therapist for the first time, or to pay for their medication. So far, the page has raised over $38,000.
Apply by filling out an online form with the specific amount (up to $1,500) requested and all answers are confidential.
This New York City-based digital community is "designed to help people of color thrive." Members have access to a full calendar of events, live streamed classes and salons, and more. Click here to join for a $16.99 monthly fee and try it free for one week. Ethel's Club also offers free healing and grieving group sessions for the Black community. It's in high demand, so you can get on the waitlist to join upcoming sessions here.
From healing comes change. Our first free healing and grieving session for the Black community will consist of a therapist-led workshop, meditation, and tender communal solidarity. Tomorrow, June 9, 6 pm est. All spaces for our healing sessions so far are filled, but you can sign up on our waitlist for upcoming sessions in our bio link.
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HealHaus is a wellness space and cafe in Brooklyn, but it also offers live virtual workshops daily (like Breathwork with Thérèse Cator, Founder of Black Girls Breathe), as well as meditation classes and one-on-one teletherapy sessions. Some sessions are donation-based and others start at $10 for a drop-in class or $30 for monthly memberships. HealHaus newcomers can try an unlimited number of classes for seven days by signing up for a trial membership here.
HH IG LIVE ~ CENTERING US // Black people deserve to breathe easy and nourish ourselves during this time, and this week for our IG community donation programming we will center our experience and work through our collective trauma. Black joy and healing needs to always be protected and supported. . . Donations this week from programming will support G.L.I.T.S. Inc. so please consider donating via PayPal.me/HealHaus or Venmo.com/HealHaus. . . ✨Thursday 7:30pm EDT ~ Time To Matter This meditation is a moment to gather and reflect upon the brilliant natural beauty and resilient power of Blackness. We will utilize this practice to hold space for our self-worth and allowing it to thrive & shine forth, as we continue to touch, move, and inspire humanity towards dignity, decency and respect for ALL people. #healhaus #healingisalifestyle
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