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Taking care of your mental health is important every day of the year, but given the current climate, it’s particularly crucial. With the news cycle filled with scenes of police brutality, systematic oppression, murder, protests, and a pandemic, engaging in media right now is a work of huge emotional labor.

In light of that, it’s important to be aware of the resources, charities, and organizations that are there to give mental health support to those in need. Here are some places that are there to help.

Black Mental Wellness

It’s Black Mental Wellness provides information and resources on mental health and behavioral health topics from a black perspective. The organization offers training opportunities for students and professionals interested in mental health and wellness.

It’s The Safe Place

It’s The Safe Place is a mental health app for the black community. Available for iPhone and Android users, it brings awareness and education to users and mental health professionals. The app features black mental health statistics, videos, podcasts, articles, self-care tips, and open forum discussions.

Ethel’s Club

Ethel’s Club is a social and wellness organization celebrating people of color through conversation, wellness, and creativity. The physical “Club” space is usually dedicated to events geared towards uplifting the community and overall health; it is currently closed due to the coronavirus. You can, however, still participate in virtual events and take advantage of free mental health resources.

Dive in Well

Dive in Well is currently hosting digital events ranging from therapy sessions to breathwork classes, specifically designed to center self-care. Moving forward in 2020, the organization plans to continue the expansion of its dinner series while simultaneously offering additional online and offline experiences empowering those who believe in soul-centered wellness.

The Nap Ministry

The Nap Ministry believes rest is a form of resistance and reparations. With a mission to provide safe spaces for the community to rest together, the organization hosts immersive workshops and performance art demonstrations centered around rest as a tool for healing.

Melanin & Mental Health

Melanin & Mental Health connects clients with therapists serving the mental health needs of black and Latinx/Hispanic communities through its website, online directory, and monthly events.

Dear Black Women

With Dear Black Women, founder Florence Noel provides black women with intentional safe places, encouraging complete expression. The organization aids in finding therapists and crisis support, offers mind and body tips, and shares curated selections of books and podcasts that will both inspire and inform.

Liberate

Liberate is a go-to meditation app for the BIPOC community. Designed to support individual pathways to healing, the subscription-based service includes practices and talks made specifically for BIPOC, led by more than 40 BIPOC teachers.

The Conscious Kid

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“My son is diagnosed autistic, so to be able to put him on the cover looking so strong and cool and powerful really meant a lot to us—me, my wife, my family. It was a big deal.” —Illustrator @gordoncjamesfineart “The cover concept is important to author @authorderrickdbarnes, too, who explained that it’s always bothered him that, whenever a book featured a Black boy on the cover, he was one of three things: a runaway slave, a civil rights leader or athlete, or menacing. “The boy on the cover [of I Am Every Good Thing] looks so confident, but, when I look in his eyes, I see that sweetness and realness. We are a multitude of things. Black boys in America are not a monolith.” Barnes started writing I Am Every Good Thing the day Michael Brown was murdered in 2014. He picked it up again, a few months later, when Tamir Rice was murdered in Cleveland, but it wasn’t until 2018, when an ad featuring “a little Black boy, maybe nine-years old, wearing a green hoodie that said, ‘the coolest monkey in the jungle’ was advertised by H&M that he resumed the project in earnest. “Growing up as a Black boy, you grow accustomed to these negative stereotypes of what it means to be a Black boy in America,” Barnes explained. “Now that I’m an adult Black man with four beautiful sons, I think it’s imperative that we define who we are. It’s so important that we tell our own stories. This book is about challenging those negative stereotypes about Black boys that have seemingly always existed in this country.” For James, it was important that his illustrations reflect the Black diaspora, with varied complexions, body types, and personalities represented: “Whether they are tough, or tender, cerebral, or more heart driven, lots of kids will see themselves in this book.” Also important to James was making sure Black boys feel welcome in all spaces: the library, a house party, in the woods, at the beach, and in universities. “There is no place that is off limits to you as an African-American boy.”’ (Sara Grochowski, Publisher’s Weekly) . . We can’t wait for this release in September 2020 ✨ @penguinkids @nancyrosep #BlackBoys #BlackBoyFly #ChildrensBooks #BlackAuthors #DiverseBooks

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The Conscious Kid partners with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families to provide access to children’s books on underrepresented and oppressed groups. Centered around education, research, and policy, the institution aims to reduce bias and promote positive identity development in youth.

Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists aids in finding the right help for all identities in all bodies, with a focus placed on equal access to quality, culturally responsive care. This mental health community consists of allies, advocates, and activists that firmly believe in anti-discrimination, anti-oppression, anti-stigma, anti-racist, and anti-ablest.

Join us in taking a stance against institutionalized racism.

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