In light of recent events and the current state of the world from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter rallies, prioritizing mental health has become a very important topic for many, especially for communities of color. Therapy in African-American and communities of color are often seen as taboo, due to lack resources, funding, and discrimination in the health care system. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 30% of African-Americans with mental illness were treated compared to the national average of 43% of Americans. As an organization, Black Girl Health strives to be your number one resource for your physical and mental health. As a result of our current climate organizations are offering low cost and or free mental health resources for communities of color during this time of need.
Founded by licensed psychologist Joy Harden Bradford. “Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.” Therapy for Black Girls is exceptional resource for those who are new or unsure about therapy, with helpful guides to finding a therapist. Dr. Bradford also offers a weekly podcast which is available on Apple and Google podcasts. Dr. Bradford also offers livestreams and conversations on mental health and wellness which occur every Thursday on Instagram and Facebook Live.
Ethel’s club is an a black-owned social and wellness club designed to celebrate people of color. Ethel’s club is a digital community for healing, art and culture.From book clubs, group workouts, DJ set’s, and curated playlists to uplift your spirits. Ethel’s club partners with therapists, wellness coaches and yogis to create “healing sessions.” You can experience all that Ethel’s club has to offer with the membership digital community, which is a $17 monthly fee, or for free with their new healing seasons which has during the pandemic to help heal communities of color.
Black Girl In Om is a holistic lifestyle brand focused on wellness for women of color, a digital space which has been designed to “Create space for black womxn to breathe easy.” Black Girl In Om strives to make wellness accessible to everyone, BGIO offers free meditation for black womxn led by Lauren Ash, who is the creator of BGIO, and weekly podcasts, which include topics like lifestyle, wellness, health and guided meditation. Black Girl In Om also offers a program “The Circle” is a “membership which gives members access to a curated monthly curriculum centered in rotating spiritual themes, explored through wellness wisdom that is culturally aligned, mindfully sourced rituals, with grace, compassion, and self-love.”