July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, observed to bring awareness to the unique challenges that minority communities face in regard to mental illness in the United States. We’ve compiled a list of 10 resources to support the mental health needs of BIYOC (Black, Indigenous, and other Youth of Color).
LIFE IS PRECIOUS
A suicide prevention program for Latinx girls that provides academic support, art therapies, and mental health and wellness activities.
LIP — Comunilife
A nonprofit that advances the mental health needs of adolescents of color and their families, raising awareness about mental health stigmas, and facilitating conversations about mental illness.
CONCERNED BLACK MEN OF AMERICA
An organization connecting children of color to mental health resources and role models. The organization also has parent-focused programs on career development and adult literacy.
Concerned Black Men
CENTER FOR NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH AT THE ASPEN INSTITUTE
A national organization that advocates for and promotes the mental well-being of Native American youth through community-driven solutions with an emphasis on preventing youth suicide. The organization specializes in youth engagement and leadership development, resource exchanges, and policy advocacy.
Center for Native American Youth
THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRLS
A directory of therapists for Black girls, which includes a podcast and blog posts to make mental health topics more approachable and accessible.
Therapy For Black Girls
WE R NATIVE
A collection of mental health resources for Native American youth on topics such as depression, stress and mood improvement.
THE STEVE FUND
Crisis support for young people of color available via text. Text STEVE to 741741 to access a culturally trained crisis counselor.
The Steve Fund
YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR @ 7CUPS
An online support community for young people of color. It includes daily check-ins, celebrations, icebreakers and Q&As.
Young People of Color & Online Community — 7Cups
A storytelling platform dedicated to reducing stigma related to mental health in the South Asian community.
BLACK GIRLS SMILE
Provides workshops, therapy financial assistance, and resources to ensure that all young African American females receive the resources and support necessary to lead mentally healthy lives.
Black Girls Smile