So much has happened in 2020 - between the COVID-19 pandemic and one of the biggest civil rights movements in history - access to mental health resources is more important than ever, especially for students looking for extra guidance. CTL recognizes and supports the LGBTQIA+ community every day, and celebrates June as Pride Month. We also recognize the importance of mental health and encouraging the spread of resources within classrooms, especially for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersexual Asexual Plus) community. Here is a list of mental health programs and professionals that specialize in BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ spaces that are easy for students to access and digest on their own or with a parent. Feel free to share with not only students, but employees, colleagues, friends, and family since we can all benefit from taking the time to tend to ourselves.
Finding the right therapist, especially for children may feel overwhelming at first, but Inclusive Therapists make it easier. There are many different specialists to browse from and decide who would be the best fit for an individual. The interface is user-friendly, just click on the filters that apply or what the individual is looking for in a counselor. Many are offering teletherapy and at reduced fees to encourage booking that appointment and taking the first step to helping yourself. Many therapists on this site are offering free consultations as well and also show which type of insurance is accepted - some do have a sliding scale if the individual is not insured so send a message to whoever is of interest and speak further with them to find out more information.
Fearless Femme 100
Naajia “Jia” Hurd is a Black non-binary femme from the southside of the Bronx and is certified in Mental Health First Aid. Jia created Fearless Femme 100, a safe space specialized to help Queer BIPOC. They offer free workbooks and are currently running a series on joy and mental health. Naajia is a great and affordable online resource for the Black Queer and Transgender communities especially during this time when social distancing is still recommended.
Black and Embodied
Alishia McCullough runs the Black and Embodied Instagram account and is a licensed mental health therapist. Specializing in trauma and targeted towards women in the Black community, she is a very relatable and reliable source for any women in the Black community looking for a safe space to gather more resources from.
Dr. Jennifer Mullan is a certified psychologist that specializes in ancestral trauma in QBIPOC. Decolonizing Therapy is an excellent account to follow for an update on current resources and community organizations to join. Check her stories, she has a Resources highlights!
A company that offers body and mind wellness through yoga and mediation was created for Black men as a safe space and environment to explore their mental health. Heal Haus was made to be a place “where healing is accessible, inclusive, and community-oriented.” There are daily classes, workshops, and private sessions available for $10 per class or $30 per month - sign up for a free one-week trial!
JM Professional Counseling
Jessia Harris M.A., L.C.P.C., L.P.C. is a psychotherapist who is also a specialist when it comes to anxiety. She runs @JMProfessionalCounseling on Instagram and is an excellent free resource to take advantage of since she posts relevant content and makes it simple to digest.
Native Son Now
A platform for Black Gay Men to uplift and celebrate each other, @Nativesonnow is an Instagram account that holds a Black Gay Leadership Forum series. Highlighting other Black Gay Men this profile is another excellent follow for stunning visuals and empowering the Black Gay male community.
Melanin & Mental Health
This podcast was created to connect the community to therapists who understand the Black and Latinx experience. @Melaninandmentalhealth is a space you can go to explore more methods and resources of therapy and relative content to the Black and Latinx community.
Asian Mental Health Collective
Aimed to build a community for Asian mental health support, Asian Mental Health Collective is a space for the Asian community to raise awareness on the importance of mental health wellness and promoting emotional well-being. The goal of this initiative is to be the primary resource and support for Asian communities worldwide.
Whether you identify as LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, or know someone that does, we hope this list of resources empowers you to talk to someone who can help. A student’s well-being is bound to experience an imbalance, especially during difficult times, and the lack of resources for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities makes it more complex to receive the necessary attention and care needed. We encourage you to share this along with other resources you find valuable to help spread awareness and show your support!