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Mental Health Support For Black Teens

Discover organizations and support services created to support Black youth with their mental wellbeing.

Data reveals a harsh truth. That Black youth have a higher risk for mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, and only half access mental health care compared to their non-Black peers.

More research on the topic is needed to help bring the best solutions to the Black community.

You may feel the weight of inequality is a heavy burden to hold. We hear you and we see you. And we are here to offer some hope.

We start with highlighting organizations and support services that are created to support the Black community. Each one has tools to lighten that load and help you step forward and make mental wellbeing a priority.

You deserve to live a fulfilled life. Choose You.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

This supportive and culturally sensitive resource hub is a safe space for healing and discussion. Their work focuses on healing justice and how holistically we can respond to generational trauma and violence.

BEAM has great wellness tools like affirmations, tips for grounding and journal prompts.

What We Love:

BEAM’s “Black Healing Remixed” podcast, which discusses healing, black joy and a place where “ancestral wisdom meets today’s modern complexities.”

Black Virtual Wellness Directory – find a virtual Black therapist, mediator and more by State.

Heart Space – a monthly, online and in-person healing circle and emotional skills building space for Black people looking to learn and grow in their own healing.

The Steve Fund

A hub for young people of color mental health. They team up with experts and youth to boost mental wellbeing understanding and support. Dive into their knowledge center – a wealth of articles, expert insights and practical tips covering a broad range of mental health topics.

Text STEVE to 74141 to access a culturally trained Crisis Text line counselor.

What We Love:

Guided conversation for parents – addressing a racially charged encounter.

Breaking the Silence Series – free courses designed mental health experts on mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.

Interventions to building inclusive college campuses to promote mental health.

NFL player Solomon Thomas talking about how it’s OK to not be OK:

AAKOMA Project

The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project is a charity helping to advance the mental health of young people of color and their families. They provide tailored tools, educational programs, and resources.

What We Love:

5 free virtual therapy sessions with culturally competent provides nationwide for patients 12 – 30 years old.

Social media tips for teens and parents.

Supporting black students’ wellness amid mounting challenges.

Black Girls Smile

This initiative designed to champion the mental health of black women and girls puts mental wellness as a vital component of overall health. Black Girls Smile offers a wealth of resources and support. This includes educational programs, workshops, and community outreach events aimed at promoting mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.

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What We Love:

Their Affirmation Cards you can download as part of their Mental Wellness Toolkit.

Their self-paced online courses, like Creating and Incorporating Healthy Daily Habits for young Black women aged 13-18.

7Cups: Young People of Color Community

The Young People of Color Community on 7Cups connects you to caring listeners and counsellors for free emotional support. Explore self help guides, confidential online therapy and free 24/7 chat supported by The Steve Fund.

What We Love:

You can filter by topic including ‘Celebrating Persons of Color’ and ‘Mental Health as a POC.’

Uplifting content that is hopeful and supportive.

An easy to use forum that’s informal and encourages you to engage with others in the community.

Therapy For Black Girls

An online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellbeing of Black women and girls. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford a licensed psychologist, hosts and speaks on the popular podcast ‘Therapy for Black Girls,’ making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women.

What We Love:

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast chat weekly about all things mental health and personal development. Previous episodes include ‘Environmental Justice 101’ and ‘Examining Your Relationship With Social Media.’

Their blog including stories and resources like ‘Soul Warming Black Christmas Movies (New and Old)’ and ‘4 Lessons on Grief We Can Learn from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The Safe Place App

An app for young people 13+ with a focus on strengthening mental health and geared towards the Black community. Providing knowledge and exercises that can help the body, emotions and thoughts to calm down in the moment. Free to use by anyone with a smartphone and available on the App Store and Google play.

What We Love:

Inspirational Black quotes.

Self care tips including ‘How to Cope After Police Brutality’ and ‘How to talk to Black family members who may not want to understand mental illness.’

To explore more mental health resources tailored for Black youth, why not check out:

Black Teen’s Guide to Mental Health.

How Black teens can help their mental wellbeing by celebrating Black History Month.

Or stories from Serena Williams and LeBron James – Black athletes breaking barriers and embracing mental health.

Disclaimer: This website offers general information and is not a substitute for professional advice. We are not clinicians or trained professionals; this information should not replace seeking help from a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult a healthcare provider for personalized guidance.

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