One out of every five adults live with a mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health.  Because of the way America is set up, it’s no surprise that African American adults are 20% more likely to experience mental health issues than the rest of the population.

Unfortunately, despite recent efforts to normalize therapy and mental wellness there’s still a lot of shame around seeking professional help. Sixty-three percent of Black people believe that a mental health condition is a sign of personal weakness and only one out of three Black adults who need mental health care receive it. That’s a lot of us “working” it out on our own, when that doesn’t have to be the case. 

There are a growing number of resources created specifically to help people of color.  The following directories can help you or someone you love find a program, support group, or therapist that serves the Black community.  

Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) Wellness Directory

Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) Wellness Directory: 

BEAM is dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black communities. BEAM envisions a world where there are no barriers to Black Healing. 

 

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Resource Guide

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Resource Guide

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation’s vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African American community.

 

Therapy for Black Girls Therapist Directory

Therapy for Black Girls Therapist Directory

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. They also offer a referral tool to find a therapist in your area.

 

The Loveland Foundation

The Loveland Foundation

Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. They offer financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy.

Therapy for Black Men

Therapy for Black Men 

This site is a directory for Black men seeking therapy, in addition to resources and stories.