Written by DiveThru Team
Reviewed by Natalie Asayag MSW, LCSW
7 Charities That Support Black Mental Health
Published Mar 4th, 2021 & updated on Mar 19th, 2021
Organizations who support mental health do some incredible work not only to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, but also to provide resources for those who need it. The Black community has continuously been targeted by systemic racism and trauma, which are negative contributors to mental health. And Black mental health organizations are providing focused, thoughtful resources for community members. Support for mental health = everything!
We want to highlight organizations who are actively working for the Black community and providing the mental health resources that are needed. Here is a special shout-out to a few amazing charities that support Black mental health:
1. Black Health Alliance
Black Health Alliance is a charity that actively addresses key issues within the Black communities of Canada through fundraising, research and public policy, and capacity building. Their main areas of focus are social determinants of health, health inequities, anti-Black racism, and building connected communities. The goal of the Black Health Alliance is to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada by making lasting, impactful changes!
2. Black Women’s Health Imperative
For 38 years, Black Women’s Health Imperative has done amazing work to address health issues affecting Black women and girls in the U.S. This organization delivers incredible programs and advocates health-promoting policies to improve overall health and wellness for women of the Black community. They’re important advocates for both mental health awareness and affordable health care rates.
3. Therapy For Black Men
Therapy For Black Men is an organization that offers exactly what it says: mental health resources for Black men! These resources include therapy, coaching and articles. The articles are published by experts who are specially equipped to work with men in the Black community who deal with unique challenges and stigmatization in society.
4. Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective
From advocates to psychologists, therapists to lawyers, religious leaders to teachers, the Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective is a dynamic group of people who are committed to promoting emotional and mental health in the Black community. Their vision is a “world with no barriers to Black healing” through education, training, advocacy and even the creative arts!
5. Black Minds Matter UK
Black Minds Matter UK’s mission is to “connect Black individuals and families with free mental health services — by professional Black therapists to support their mental health.” Amazingly enough, this charitable organization provides 12 weeks of therapy for members of the Black community in the UK to make mental health resources more accessible!
6. Therapy For Black Girls
Connecting women and girls within the Black community to therapists, and promoting mental wellness, is what Therapy For Black Girls is all about! Their online community includes a directory to help find a therapist, provides mental health resources and opens the conversation around therapy to reduce stigma.
7. The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project is considered “the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.” Part of their mission as a crisis counseling organization is to support and uplift the mental health of Black queer youth across the United States. Amazing!
It’s important to recognize the hard work so many mental health charities are doing for the mental wellbeing of Black communities. We’ve only listed a handful of organizations but there are many more. If you’re able to donate or get involved with any Black mental health organizations listed above or the local ones in your area, we highly encourage it.