42 Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Resources To Support Black College Students

Nearly half of all college students experience increased stress that is directly attributable to college. On top of that, Black college students have had to witness brothers and sisters being killed by police increasingly often over the last few years, increasing overall stress and anxiety considerably.

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For years Black people have been subject to seeing peers and loved ones brutally killed in the media, both online and on mainstream platforms. This trend experienced a severe incline during the first months of 2020 that has taken on a terrifying increase almost a year later with a record 6 police killings in 24 hours. The collective anger, fear, and helplessness that Black people feel have had a significant impact on the mental health of the Black community as a whole. Now more than ever, we must prioritize mental health, self-care, and our overall well-being. To further this end, below are several dozen helpful resource so that you can help to improve and protect your mental health and get the help you may need when you need it.

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 empowers the mental well-being of young black girls.
  • AAKOMA: An organization that works with teenagers and young adults to raise awareness, conduct patient-centered research and encourage young people to begin conversations in their communities.
  • Lee Thompson Young Foundation: An advocacy organization focused on holistic health treatments for mental illness and mental health literacy. The organization has a youth mental health first aid program dedicated to adolescent mental health and substance use.
  • The Trevor Project: The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
  • 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: A national training, movement building and grant-making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council: Participates in advocacy initiatives and offers financial support to enhance the role of HBCUs and PBIs in higher education.

Black College Students Mental Health Support

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 promoting and supporting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children, teens, and young adults.
  • Ourselves Black: A community platform that promotes mental health and positive coping methods, as well as provides resources related to the treatment of mental illness. They strive to provide relevant, engaging mental health content specifically routed in communities of color.
  • Young People of Color: An online support community for young people of color that includes daily check-ins, celebrations, icebreakers, and Q&As.
  • Rest for Resistance: A creative and mental health healing space for queer people of color that produces content surrounding survival and struggles in mental health.

Podcasts

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 safe space for conversations about joy, holistic wellness, and self-improvement from the perspectives of Black women.
  • Side Hustle Pro: Hosted by entrepreneur Nicaila Matthews Okome, who offers advice and tips for starting a successful business.
  • Black Radical Queer: A podcast that celebrates and openly discusses the intersectionality of being Black and queer, without the oppression of heterosexual and non-Black voices.
  • The Minority Trailblazer: Discusses topics of Black professionalism, offering tips to help young people achieve career success.

Videos

Articles

A few informative and enlightening articles that encourage and promote active and positive mental healthcare for Black people and Black students include:

Social Media Follows

  • Saddie Baddie: A virtual sanctuary for BIPOC to destigmatize mental health and initiate collective healing.
  • Sad Girls Club: A nonprofit committed to showing up for black women & POC, creating community & providing resources to better mental health.
  • Transparent Black Girl and Transparent Black Guy: Both organizations are spaces where Black women and Black men can step into their power and heal by easing into wellness.
  • 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.
  • Alishia McCullough is a licensed mental health therapist that runs the Instagram page Black and Embodied—a space to amplify Black voices on topics such as body liberation and racial healing.
  • The Nap Ministry: A platform that promotes rest as a form of resistance and reparations.
  • Dr. Kera Nyemb-Diop runs the Black Nutritionist platform, producing content that surrounds eating without guilt, respect for one’s body and embracing your culture.
  • Austin Channing: A writer and social justice advocate who uses Instagram as a way to uplift Black voices.