- Suicide prevention resources
- Mental health resources for underrepresented communities
Mental health resources for underrepresented communities
The following list of national resources has been reviewed for accuracy, mental health and community content, and ease of use. It is not intended to be exhaustive, and AFSP welcomes the opportunity to review and add other resources. In addition to the resources specific to minority communities below, AFSP also provides general crisis and mental health–condition specific resources.
Inclusive Therapists is a mental health community that commits to and practices: advancing justice & equity for all intersectional identities; culturally affirming & responsive client care; centering the needs of marginalized, underserved populations; celebrating all identities and abilities in all bodies; decolonizing & destigmatizing mental healthcare; and dismantling systemic oppression & white supremacy in mental healthcare. On Instagram @inclusivetherapists.
Melanin & Mental Health® was born out of a desire to connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. They are committed to promoting the growth and healing of our communities through their website, online directory, and monthly events. On Instagram @melaninandmentalhealth.
At AAKOMA Project the mission is to help diverse teenagers and their families achieve optimal mental health through dialogue, learning, and the understanding that everyone deserves care and support. We believe deeply that Mental health research and care must benefit everyone.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health encourages their partners to educate their communities about the importance of improving access to mental health care and treatment and to help break down other barriers such as negative perceptions about mental illness.
Mental Health America recognizes that people of color and all those whose lives have been marginalized by those in power experience life differently from those whose lives have not been devalued. They experience overt racism and bigotry far too often, which leads to a mental health burden that is deeper than what others may face. Racism is a mental health issue because racism causes trauma. And trauma paints a direct line to mental illnesses, which need to be taken seriously.
In addition to the resources below, please see The Mental Health Coalition's list of Black Mental Health Resources
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation’s vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community.
Lee Thompson Young Foundation envisions a world in which mental illness is recognized by all as a treatable, biopsychosocial disorder and the stigma associated with it no longer exists; a world that supports and encourages wholeness and well being at every stage of life. They focus on mental health education for African American communities.
Black Girls Smile's vision is of a society that focuses on ensuring all young African American females receive the resources and support necessary to lead mentally healthy lives.
Untreated mental illness can also make African American men more vulnerable to substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, and homicide. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and NIMHD have launched Brother, You’re on My Mind: Changing the National Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men, an initiative to help start conversations about mental health. Find additional information or download their toolkit.
Therapy for Black Men understands that finding the right therapist can often be a lengthy and challenging process, and Black men may not know where to begin. Determining what kind of therapist is best suited for treating a particular issue is not the easiest of tasks. TherapyForBlackMen.org is a directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist. Using the directory, men can search by therapist location and specialization. Searching by location, the results will include the therapists near you and will display their credentials, location, and the issues they treat. At TherapyForBlackMen.org, men will also find a wide range of resources aimed at helping them in their search for a multiculturally-competent therapist.
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities. They envision a world where there are no barriers to Black healing. Their mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts. On Instagram @_beamorg.
Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Our resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing. We are becoming the ones we’ve been waiting for. On Instagram @thelovelandfoundation.
National Alliance for Hispanic Health works to ensure that health incorporates the best of science, culture, and community. They achieve this by listening to the individual, investing in leading community based organizations, working with national partners, examining and improving the resources and systems available, and designing solutions to make health a part of each person’s life. They continually work to improve the quality of care and its availability to all.
SanaMente/Each Mind Matters is California’s mental health movement. They are millions of individuals and thousands of organizations working to advance mental health. They offer a website full of culturally focused info on mental health in Spanish.
The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center is pleased to collaborate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to provide new fact sheets on Suicide Prevention Amongst Hispanics and Latinos to download and distribute. This fact sheet has been translated from English to both Spanish and Portuguese.
The National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) was established to fill a need for a unified national voice for Latino populations in the behavioral health arena and to bring attention to the great disparities that exist in areas of access, utilization, practice based research and adequately trained personnel.
Comunilife’s unique Life is Precious™/La Vida es Preciosa program prevents suicide in young Latinas – the teen population with the highest rate of suicide attempt in the country. Life is Precious™ combines individual and group counseling, arts therapy, academic support, and nutritional and fitness activities. Psychiatric services are provided by partnering clinics.
Founded in 1974, MANA, A National Latina Organization® (MANA) is a national grassroots membership organization with chapters, individual members and affiliates across the country. MANA represents the interests of Latina women, youth and families on issues that impact our communities. MANA contributes the leading Latina voice on many of the major issues in the public sphere, particularly in the areas of education, health and well-being, financial literacy, equal and civil rights, and immigration reform.
Therapy for Latinx is a new online database that makes it easy for Latinx people to find mental health professionals in their own communities. Therapy For Latinx is easy to use for both mental health professionals and people seeking mental health treatment. If you are looking for the therapist, you can search the database via state, or add keywords if you are searching for a special focus. For Latinx therapists who want to be included in the database, the listing form is simple and straightforward. The resource is also available in both English and Spanish, and, what's more, Therapy For Latinx offers free online mental health screenings in partnership with Mental Health America. On Instagram @therapyforlatinx.
Help Advisor used federal data from the U.S. Census Bureau to find that 3.8 million Hispanic Americans aren't getting the mental health care services they need. This report explores the issue, including expert public health analysis and local Spanish-language resources to help serve Latino Americans. This resource is also available for English-language speakers who would like more information.
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. APIAHF envisions a world where all people share responsibility and take action to ensure healthy and vibrant communities for current and future generations.
Asian Mental Health Collective's mission is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health care, promote emotional well-being, and challenge the stigma concerning mental illness amongst Asian communities globally.
South Asian Mental Health Alliance is a new non-profit community network engaging, educating and mobilizing the BC South Asian community around issues related to mental health. On Instagram @southasianmentalhealthalliance.
Native and Indigenous Peoples communities
The American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) National Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan is a national initiative addressing suicide prevention, based on fostering collaborations across Tribes, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian organizations, and the Indian Health Service (IHS). This site is designed to provide resources to support suicide prevention efforts, and to help communities and individuals understand and obtain services related to suicide.
The Center for Native American Youth believes all Native American youth should lead full and healthy lives, have equal access to opportunity, and draw strength from their culture and one another. As a policy program, they work to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native American youth through youth recognition, inspiration and leadership; research, advocacy, and policy change; and by serving as a national resource exchange.
The National American Indian and Alaska Native/Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network has compiled (and continues to be update) resources during the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC's ongoing series: Strategies of Support for Mental Health Providers - Empowering one another during times of crisis. This guide is tailored for providers who are Native and/or are working with American Indian and Alaska Native individuals.
We R Native is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. They strive to promote holistic health and positive growth in our local communities and nation at large.
The Zero Suicide in Indian Country toolkit contains recommendations for the implementation of Zero Suicide in Indian Country, forms and tools others have used in their own implementation, and videos featuring a variety of indigenous health systems (IHS and Tribal) who have committed to the implementation and indigenization of the Zero Suicide framework for their communities.