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Mental healthcare and advocacy training resources

Finding mental healthcare that works for you can be daunting, especially in Black communities, where barriers to access are deeply entrenched. iPondr has curated a number of resources to get you started.

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Less than 50% of all Americans with a mental health disorder are able to get the treatment they need. Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to Mental Health America, a nonprofit community-based organization, 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental health problem — a number that will likely be exacerbated by the pandemic. Of the nearly 3 million people who took its online mental health screening test during the past 12 months, MHA reported that a million were experiencing depression and hundreds of thousands more were experiencing either anxiety or psychosis. MHA provides a number of support services and resources, including a toolkit themed Tools 2 Thrive.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a national training, movement-building and grant-making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black and marginalized communities, according to its website. It provides a range of resources, programs and grants, from a Black virtual wellness directory and peer-support training to funding support for health and healing practitioners, especially in Southern states where Medicaid was not expanded, making the cost of mental health treatment out of reach for many. 

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides comprehensive information and resources for specific identity and cultural groups, such as African American, Indigenous, LGBTQI, as well as resources for caregivers and more. NAMI also has curated a list of treatment directories that includes the Psychology Today Directory of African American Therapists, LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color Directory, National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, and others.


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): The QPR Institute provides multiple levels of training to help individuals, organizations and professionals identify and reduce suicidal behaviors. QPR also has a training course aimed at helping veterans that was designed, produced and reviewed by veterans. 

The Confess Project trains barbers across the country as mental health advocates for Black men, boys, and their families.

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Black Mental Health Resources and LBTGQ+ Resources are comprehensive lists compiled by Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, which includes a number of links to apps, podcasts and other online resources, including Depressed While Black, The Melanated Social Work Podcast, The Safe Place, The Trevor Project, and Healing in Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice & Direct Action.

Balanced Black Girl is a health podcast and digital platform connecting the community to Black women health and self-improvement experts. 

Every Wednesday, Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental health, mental wealth and mental hygiene on The Friend Zone podcast.

Created in 2020, EXHALE is an emotional well-being app designed for Black, Indigenous, Women of Color.

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Download the Brother, You’re on My Mind toolkit, which provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters and partners with the materials needed to educate fellow fraternity brothers and community members on depression and stress in African American men.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
NAMI: 1-800-950-NAMI; in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741
GLBT National Hotline – 1-888-843-4564
Trevor Lifeline (for LGBTQ people under 25): 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678-678

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