IN THIS GUIDE
- We’ve assembled a list of 12 organizations and communities for Black College Students.
- Find 14 podcasts and videos that speak to the issues Black people are facing today, as well as some solution-oriented action items.
- We’ve also found 16 guides and social media accounts that further support good mental health among Black college students.
Organizations + Foundations
Several organizations that work to improve the state of mental health among Black college students and Black people in general include:
- The Steve Fund: An organization dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color through crisis response and financial assistance.
- Black Girls Smile: A nonprofit organization that works to improve awareness of mental health issues among Black girls.
- AAKOMA: An organization that works with teenagers and young adults to raise awareness about mental health and help POC support and improve the mental health of themselves and their families.
- Lee Thompson Young Foundation: A mental health and recovery organization, they work to increase awareness of mental health issues and promote openness about the issue and share holistic ways of improving mental health conditions.
- The Trevor Project: This is a QTPOC community organization that provides helpful resources for LGBTQ people of color that are struggling with mental health issues.
- TWLOHA’s Treatment & Recovery Scholarships: An acronym for To Write Love On Her Arms, this organization provides help and support to anyone struggling with depression, substance abuse, and self harm.
- BEAM: The Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective work to decrease the stigma of mental illness in the Black community while also providing helpful recovery resources.
- National Pan-Hellenic Council: This organization works to improve the access to resources and community services for Black sororities and fraternities across America.
Online Platforms + Communities
Some online groups that work to improve awareness and access to mental health services for Black college students include:
- The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: A free, online educational resource dedicated to improving and supporting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children, teens, and young adults.
- Ourselves Black: A community platform that works to improve awareness of mental health issues among Black communities, while also providing solutions and actionable steps to improve mental health among both individuals and communities.
- Young People of Color: Supported by The Steve Fund, this online forum is dedicated to improving the mental wellbeing of students of color.
- Rest for Resistance: A blog site for QTPOC by QTPOC that shares testimonials, fiction, and works of fiction that highlight the experience of QTPOC in America today.
Several podcasts that are aimed at continuing the conversation about racial equality for Black students and Black people in America include:
- Hey Jason!: Celebrates the lives and vulnerabilities of Black men through the open discussion of mental health and social topics that have traditionally been stigmatized among the Black community.
- Therapy for Black Girls Podcast: Focuses on the overall well-being of Black girls, covering any and everything that falls under holistic care.
- Bobo and Flex Podcast: Discusses unique and thought-provoking subject matter that can range anywhere from existentialism and the presence of aliens to white guilt – run by two Black women with some refreshing points of view.
- Balanced Black Girl Podcast: A podcast for Black girls by Black girls, the conversations focus on practicing positive self-care habits and improving overall wellness.
- Side Hustle Pro: Hosted by entrepreneur Nicaila Matthews Okome, who offers advice and tips for starting a successful business, podcast, or side hustle of any kind.
- Black Radical Queer: Hosted by Jhavia Nicole, this podcast celebrates and openly discusses the reality of being Black and queer.
- The Minority Trailblazer: Discusses topics of Black professionalism, offering tips to help young people achieve career success.
- Racial Anxiety Relief Guided Meditation
- Ted Talks with Nadine Burke Harris: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
- Therapy for Black Girls: Anxiety, Depression, and Eating Disorders
- Self-Care in College
- A Discussion About Better Care for Black Mental Health
- Ted Talks with Luvvie Ajayi Jones: Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
- What Trauma Taught Me About Resilience by Charles Hunt at TEDxCharlotte
A few informative and enlightening articles that encourage and promote active and positive mental healthcare for Black people and Black students include:
- The Link Between Experiences of Racism and Stress and Anxiety for Black Americans: A Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Coping Approach
- An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health
- 10 Daily Positive Affirmations For When Black Lives Forget That They Matter
- 100 Radical Acts of Self-Care
- Self-Care Wheel
- Interactive Self-Care Flow Chart
- Racism Recovery Plan
Social Media Follows
- Saddie Baddie: An Instagram that highlights BIPOC stories in an attempt to destigmatize mental health and promote community healing.
- Sad Girls Club: A nonprofit committed to improving awareness about mental health issues among Black women and providing helpful resources for recovery.
- Transparent Black Girl and Transparent Black Guy: Both organizations work to help Black women and Black men improve and support their own mental health.
- Between Sessions: A podcast from the organization Melanin and Mental Health that addresses the everyday mental health obstacles that Black people face and offers advice from Black therapists.
- Black and Embodied: An Instagram page by licensed mental health therapist Alishia McCullough, this page promotes mental health among all BIPOC.
- The Nap Ministry: A platform that promotes rest as a form of resistance and reparations.
- Black Nutritionist: Run by Dr. Kera Nyemb-Diop, this page encourages eating without guilt, respect for diet and health, and embracing your culture.
- Austin Channing: A writer and Black advocate, her Instagram page promotes Black wellness including physical, emotional, and mental aspects.