Black, Indigenous & People of Color Mental Health Resources

NAMI Seattle Resources

Black, Indigenous and People of Color Support Group

Weekly peer-led group open to all BIPOC individuals looking for mental health support and connection.
Day: Every Tuesday
Time: 5:00-6:00pm
Click here to register for this week’s support group

Cup of Comfort

A regular meetup for BIPOC with mental health conditions or who are passionate about mental health issues to socialize, connect and learn together.
Learn more about Cup of Comfort

Other Resources

This is not a complete list of mental health resources for the Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities. This site will be updated as time goes on. If you have a resource you would like to see on this list, please reach out to us. We would love to hear from you.

**Please note these are not endorsed by NAMI Seattle and NAMI Seattle is not responsible for the content or service provided by any resources.

Local Resources

Asian Counseling & Referral Service
“ACRS promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services.”

Atlantic Street Center
“Atlantic Street Center is a non-profit social service agency based in Seattle, Washington. Our mission is to help families and communities raise healthy, successful children and youth through direct services and advocacy for social justice and equity. We achieve our mission by providing educational, family support, and behavioral health counseling services for children, youth, and their families. We primarily serve low- and very low-income African-American families and other families of color who reside in central and southeast Seattle, South King County, and North Pierce County.”

Consejo Counseling & Referral Service
“Consejo is an award-winning agency that has provided behavioral health services to the Latino community in the state of Washington for near four decades. Most of Consejo’s clients are immigrants from Latin America who speak Spanish who represent the largest growing community in the United States today.”

iNfinitely Well Holistic Wellness
“iNfinitely Well Holistic Wellness PLLC provides convenient, compassionate, and culturally respectful counseling and social work services in Washington State. Our clinicians use an eclectic blend of therapeutic techniques that are personalized to fit your needs.​ Our work respects your unique background and does not turn a blind eye to your experiences as a woman, man, person of color; transgendered; queer or homosexual; physically, mentally, or sexually abused; fatherless; veteran; ex-offender; victim and/or perpetrator of domestic violence, or children of offenders, addicts, divorced or mentally ill parents. Here your questions about ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Where do I belong in a society that does not reflect me?’ are met with compassionate discussions aimed at creating a safe place to heal from the wounds and compounded events of being the ‘other.'”

Ingersoll Gender Center
“Ingersoll is one of the oldest organizations by and for transgender and gender nonconforming communities in the United States. Officially formed in 1977, Ingersoll Gender Center has been building community, connecting folks to resources and advocating for our communities in the Puget Sound region for over four decades.” Ingersoll is currently connecting BIPOC community members participating in protests to counselors who can provide free tele-therapy. Contact Ingersoll to learn more.

MulticulturalCounselors.org
“The Washington Counselors of Color Network serves an array of ethnic clients needing counseling and therapy from providers who understand the specific needs of people of color and various cultures. As licensed therapists and counselors, we have a variety of backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities and language skills needed to assist many ethnicities in Washington. The power of the therapeutic alliance created between client and counselor is greatly enhanced because we understand and respect the religious and/or spiritual beliefs, values, attributions and taboos our clients have in their lives.”

WA Therapy Fund Foundation
“The mission of the WA Therapy Fund is to alleviate the burden of cost and burden of discount to both Black clients and the therapist who serve them. The WA Therapy fund foundation seeks to grant free therapeutic services to those within the Black community who are in need, and suffering from racial trauma, anxiety, depression, and other ailments due to systemic oppression, economic sufferings, and intergenerational trauma that has not been addressed in the past. WA therapy fund also aims to support the tuition costs of Black clinicians who will serve this community.”

You Grow Girl!
“You Grow Girl! is a nonprofit organization serving female-identifying youth and families throughout Washington state. Founded in 2002 by the Executive Director and former dependent of the foster care & juvenile court systems, Jamila L. Coleman. Over 15 years later, the work at You Grow Girl! has evolved and is rooted in the deep belief that girls from chronically under-resourced populations, especially girls of color, must be accepted for their authentic selves and supported by a community of true allies that amplifies gender, economic, and racial justice.You Grow Girl! empowers youth to become leaders to promote economic equity and opportunity for not only themselves but other sisters throughout Washington State, and beyond.” Behavioral health programs include case management, individual and family counseling, support groups and wraparound services.

Online Resources

Ayana Therapy
“Ayana is a user-friendly app that enables matching marginalized communities with compatible licensed therapists based on their unique experiences and identities across race, gender identity, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability. It allows for flexible, convenient and anonymous online communication (text, call and video call) and addresses barriers to care such as transportation issues, busy schedules and mobility challenges that people may face.”

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
“We are 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.Our mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. We do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts. “ See an Interview with their board of directors.

Black Female Therapists
Black Female Therapists was created to promote, inspire, and elevate other black female therapists and create a safe space for black mental health. BFT gives mental health therapists a chance to show their #blackgirlmagic and makes it easier to connect with individuals nationwide. We hope this platform makes it easy to identify and locate your own therapist.”

Black Girls Smile, Inc.
“Black Girls Smile Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging positive mental health education, resources and support geared toward young African American females. BGS signature programs engage participants through customized racially and gender specific mental health education and awareness curriculums that promote increased mental health literacy, resiliency, protective factor and self-empowerment.”

Black Men Heal
Limited and selective free mental health service opportunities for Black men. Their mission:“To provide access to mental health treatment, psycho-education, and community resources to men of color.”

Black Mental Health Alliance
(410) 338-2642
BMHA serves the community and organizations throughout the area by providing workshops and forums covering a range of topics and subjects. We also offer the community an opportunity to connect with culturally-competent and patient-centered licensed mental health clinicians through our expansive referral database.

Black Mental Wellness
Providing easy access to Mental Health fact sheets, informational topics, and strategies for coping and wellness; giving access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, as well as training opportunities for students and professionals.

Black Women’s Health Imperative
Providing resources and information regarding mental and physical health, finances, parenting, and COVID-19, this organization is advancing health equity and social justice for Black women through policy, advocacy, education, research, and leadership development. They also provide a blog and Black & Well TV. “The first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls…We target the most pressing health issues that affect Black women and girls in the U.S. through investments in evidence based strategies, bold programs and advocacy outreach on health policies.”.

Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
“BLHF has launched the COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign to raise money for mental health services provided by licensed clinicians in our network. Individuals with life-changing stressors and anxiety related to the coronavirus will have the cost for up to five (5) individual sessions defrayed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are committed or exhausted.”

Eustress
“Eustress, Inc. was born out of the desire to bring awareness to the importance of acknowledging, improving and preserving mental health, a topic often marked by stigma and denial, particularly in the black community. The word ‘Eustress’ (pronounced yoo-stress) is stress that is deemed healthful or giving one the feeling of fulfillment. At Eustress, Inc., we start conversations about mental health with members of the black community at large, paying special attention to students, young adults and athletes. In these conversations, we help people acknowledge negative stressors they may face and the impact they have on mental health. Additionally, we provide mental health management and coping mechanisms to empower people to take control of their mental health, and find sources of eustress.”

Fearless Femme 100 Peer Counseling for Queer & Trans BIPOC
“Peers are not therapists or psychiatrists. ​Peers are people who have had similar experiences with mental health offering confidential support.​ We offer validation not commonly found in professional relationships.​ We are qualified and trained. We may have certifications, Master’s degrees, and professional experience in mental health.​Our ethos for supporting peers like you are built on mutuality and compassion.​ We offer counseling from a place of non-hierarchy, mutuality, solidarity, and compassion. We work continuously to learn about gender identity, gender expression & sexual orientation.”

Inclusive Therapists
“Seeking counseling or therapy can be a vulnerable process. To that, add the challenges that marginalized populations face such as micro-aggressions, prejudice, and language/ financial barriers. Getting the right help can become an overwhelming task. Finding a therapist should not feel like a gamble. All identities in all bodies deserve equal access to quality, culturally responsive care. We aim to make this process simpler and safer.”

Loveland Foundation
“The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle in response to her widely successful birthday wish fundraiser, Therapy for Black Women and Girls. Her enthusiastic social media community raised over $250,000, which made it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations. The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, ultimately we hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities we serve.”

Melanin and Mental Health
“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. We are committed to promoting the growth and healing of our communities through our website, online directory, and monthly events.”

Mental Health Resources for the Black Community – Anxiety & Depression Association of America
Another resource roundup including first-person stories, informational articles, and mental health resources specifically for the Black community.

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
“NQTTCN is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color. We work at the intersection of movements for social justice and the field of mental health to integrate healing justice into both of these spaces. Our overall goal is to increase access to healing justice resources for QTPoC.”

Nina Pop and Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Funds (created by The Okra Project)
“The Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund is an emergency mutual aid fund that raises money to pay for one-time mental health therapy sessions with licensed Black women therapists, and the The Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund is an emergency mutual aid fund that raises money to pay for one-time mental health therapy sessions with licensed Black male therapists. Those who are willing and interested may donate funds AND/OR may donate one therapy session with their Black therapist to be used by Black folks who identify as transgender* who have been participating in the protests against state-sanctioned violence and/or are coping with the emotional stress of the public murders of Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and the epidemic of Trans people being murdered worldwide.”

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective
“Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a non-profit nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to individuals, couples, children, and families in need.”

Ourselves Black
Provides information on promoting mental health and developing positive coping mechanisms through a podcast, online magazine and online discussion groups.

Sista Afya
Organization that provides mental wellness education, resource connection and community support for Black women.

Therapy for Black Girls
Online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. It offers a listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls, an informational podcast, and an online support community.

Therapy for Black Men
“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.”

The SIWE Project
Non-profit dedicated to promoting mental health awareness throughout the global Black community.

The Steve Fund
Organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.

Unapologetically Us
Online community for Black women to seek support.

Self-Care For People Of Color

Learn more about mental health conditions including anxiety disordersdepression and posttraumatic stress disorder.

  • Article on coping with anticipatory grief
  • Article on coping with traumatic stress
  • Article on Racial Battle Fatigue
  • POC Online Classroom contains readings on the importance of self care, mental health care, and healing for people of color and within activist movements.

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