Five (Pandemic-Friendly) Mental Health Resources Available for Minority Communities #MMHAM
Written by: Zoë King
This July, we are focusing our content on ‘Minority Identities and Mental Health’, a blog series honoring #MMHAM that discusses the mental health risks, issues, and resources specifically affecting minority populations and identities.
Throughout this month of Minority Mental Health Awareness, we have been going into detail about the additional threats to mental health minority populations may face, as well as ways that allies can try to ease these issues in those around them. But today as our last post in this series, we are going to explore five great resources available to help those in minority groups with their mental health.
1. Culturally-Competent Therapists
It’s hard finding a therapist who you feel comfortable with already, but add in minority identities and suddenly a difficult process gets much harder. However, to ease the burden a bit, there are therapist directories online that can help you find a therapist without having to stress about how they’ll treat you based on your minority identity. Inclusive therapists is a website that shows you potential therapists based on location, specialty, whether they offer virtual sessions, etc. However, this website may be a bit more difficult to use. Therapy for Black Girls offers the same service, but it is specifically for African American women. It is much easier to use than the first option. Finally, the LGBT Center of Raleigh has a list of LGBT friendly providers based on the county you’re in. While the least technologically advanced, it may be the easiest resource to use and browse. To find more resources focused on minority populations, visit our “Culturally Competent Resources” page!
2. Apps for Mental Health
Apps can be super helpful for keeping up with your mental health, but it can sometimes be extremely difficult to find ones that work best for you in the sea of not-so-great fits. A good place to start your search is our Top Ten Apps For Managing Mental Health post. This post guides you through the different types of mental health apps, and all of them have most or all of their features available for free. However, since it does mentions apps specifically for minority groups, here are some additional suggestions. The Safe Place is a mental health app primarily geared at African Americans, it features self-care tips, self-assessments for mental health disorders, inspirational quotes, etc. It requires no money to access its features, which is always important, especially during this pandemic. Solace is an app to help trans individuals through their transition, featuring guides about how to go through the various steps.
3. Social Media
While social media can be a drain on your mental health, there are accounts that you may find beneficial! On Youtube, TedX often has expert speakers who talk about mental health and how to manage it, and Psych2Go is constantly coming out with information on mental health. Another great social media account is our instagram, where we post info on mental health as well as info on our group sessions about mental health. A few other Instagram accounts that regularly post mental health self-care or inspirational quotes are mentalillnessquotesinfo, mentalhealthgram, theminoritygram. There are a plethora of self-care, psychology-based, or general mental health solidarity accounts online, you just have to do an easy search! Additionally, our blog often includes posts about ways to improve your mental health, so be sure to keep an eye out for new posts.
4. Online Learning Resources
If you want to learn more about mental health, there are so many online resources for you to check out! Here are some reputable ones:
These websites offer both general information on mental health, and also more specific information on minority groups. Though it can be a bit overwhelming at times, there is a lot of great information here to share with others as well!
5. Mental Health Hotlines for Crises Big and Small
If you’re going through a tough time and need to talk to someone, remember that there are places you can turn. If you are feeling suicidal or if you just need support for any reason, here are some hotlines available:
The National Suicide Prevention Line– The most well-known hotline, but also offers a chat option as well. Specifically for suicide. This line will call the authorities for you if they believe you are in direct danger to yourself or others.
NAMI HelpLine– The NAMI Helpline offers both a phone call and email option if you need to speak to a trained counselor for support in a crisis. Not specifically for suicide. This line will call the authorities for you if they believe you are in direct danger to yourself or others.
The Crisis Textline– A hotline you can text if you need to unload your problems to someone without having to speak with them in a phone call. Not specifically for suicide. This line will call the authorities for you if they believe you are in direct danger to yourself or others.
The Trevor Project– A wide variety of crisis resources for young LGBTQ people, including a hotline, a textline, and a tablet/laptop messenger. There is a line specifically for suicide, but there are other options for less dire situations. This line will call the authorities for you if they believe you are in direct danger to yourself or others.
The Trans Lifeline– A hotline by and for trans people, offers both calling and texting. Doesn’t specify that it is specifically for suicide, but seems to imply so. Additionally, they will not call authorities for you unless you request them to do so.
The good news is, there are many resources available to you if you are part of a minority group and are struggling with your mental health, and even more that will pop up in the future as care becomes more accessible and inclusive. We hope that this July #MMHAM series has been informative, and that everyone continues to pay attention to topics we brought up during this month even after it’s over.