QTBIPOC Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Support

QTBIPOC people often experience significant stress in their lives, due in part to their sexual or gender identity as well as the color of their skin. Access to treatment for mental and physical health issues can also be complicated, due to dismissal or negligence on the part of medical professionals. Here, we hope to provide a fertile directory of helpful resources so that anyone can find culturally competent care for whatever issues they may be struggling with.

IN THIS GUIDE

  • Find 11 mental health resources that speak to the mental health issues QTBIPOC people are facing today, including 4 treatment directories and 7 online communities, as well as some solution-oriented action items.

When discussing the QTBIPOC community, we must acknowledge and keep in mind the term intersectionality. Intersectionality refers to the position a person is in when they are a part of multiple niche communities within our society. These include categories such as gender identity, sexuality, class, race, and mobility. The QTBIPOC community stands at the intersection of race and gender identity or sexuality– making their experiences and their treatment needs very unique to who they are. This is why access to culturally competent mental health care is so vital for members of this community.

The prejudice that many LGBTQ+ people face throughout adolescence and into adulthood, from both their own families and outside sources, contributes largely to the rate of mental illness (39%) of the demographic. The suicide rate for LGBTQ+ high schoolers of color in the United States currently stands at 27% which is widely disproportionate to white LGBTQ+ high schoolers at 22%, and non-LGBTQ high schoolers at 5%. LGBTQ+ individuals face health disparities that can be attributed to societal stigma, discrimination, and violation of their civil and human rights at every age. The discrimination that they face has correlated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Black and Indigenous people also exhibit similar statistics when it comes to societal discrimination and its effects on mental health and suicidal thoughts.

The widest disparity, however, exists between the QTBIPOC community and their access to adequate mental health and medical treatment. Research indicates providers denying care, using harsh language, or blaming sexual orientation or gender identity as the cause of an illness. This often leads to misdiagnosis or even death of QTBIPOC individuals due to inadequate care. Fear of experiencing this life-threatening treatment leads some people to avoid seeking care altogether.

QTBIPOC Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Resources

Some helpful organizations, resources, and communities that are working to improve the mental health of QTBIPOC individuals include:

Crisis Lines

Organizations + Foundations

  • YMSM + LGBT Center of Excellence: This organization delivers culturally responsive and evidence-based prevention and treatment services for minority lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations dealing with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
  • The Lesbians of Color Symposium (LOCS) Collective: A nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of LBTQ+ women and non-binary people of color through providing services and programming designed to educate, encourage and empower.
  • The Trevor Project: This national organization provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to all LGBTQ+ youth, with an emphasis on protecting POC. They have an extensive amount of online resources.
  • The Okra Project: A collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever they are.

Treatment Directories

  • National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: This organization is committed to transforming the mental health of queer and trans people of color.
  • LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color: A directory that matches LGBTQs of Color with licensed psychotherapists that are also a part of the same community. They also provide support, networking, leadership development, and community-building opportunities for LGBTQs of Color in psychology, social work, and counseling.
  • AYANA Therapy: A mental health platform that emphasizes providing teletherapy to BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folks.
  • Therapy for Queer People of Color: A directory designed to connect QPOC with quality and inclusive services from providers who are passionate and dedicated to meeting their unique needs.

Online Platforms + Communities

  • You Are Not Alone Network: An online platform that amplifies the voices of Native youth and provides them with vital, culturally competent resources.
  • Lazarus Nance Letcher: A person using music, writing, and different forms of activism to share the stories of the QTBIPOC experience.
  • YOHOMO: A platform that sheds light on queer Toronto artists, designers, DJs, and creatives who are doing beautiful things in the community. The blog is a spot for all things (mostly) local and (always) queer. Music playlists, festival guides, what to watch, and profiles.
  • Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health: An online platform that celebrates queer and Two Spirit individuals and their role in Indigenous society, brought together by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
  • Rest for Resistance: This site contains articles written for queer persons of color by queer persons of color, providing reminders and tips to help you rest and recover.
  • Women for Political Change: A mutual aid fund that prioritizes BIPOC, LGBTQ, sick or disabled, immigrants, the unemployed, survivors of violence, parents or caretakers, and people experiencing homelessness.
  • BGD Press: A platform seeking to amplify the voices, experiences, and expressions of queer and trans people of color.

Podcasts

  • Joy Revolution: Gabby Rivera, a queer, Puerto Rican, LGBTQ youth advocate, speaks on her experiences and the importance of prioritizing joy in QTPOC communities.
  • Black Queer and Trans Excellence: Pride Toronto’s Black Queer and Trans Excellence podcast is a space to honor and celebrate the Black experience through the lens of Toronto’s LGBT2Q+ Black community with honest conversations and embracing Black joy.
  • Cove Corner: A political, witty podcast bringing BIPOC women to the center of every conversation.
  • Dear Jessamyn: Real, raw, and rarely sugar-coated, Dear Jessamyn offers relationship, sex, and lifestyle advice to anyone living and loving outside the box.
  • Body Liberation for All: Decolonized wellness and body image Coach Dalia Kinsey, RD, LD shares healing tools tailored for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+.

Articles

Videos

Social Media Follows

  • Served Up and Sober:  A space of holistic healing and support for women of color who are sober and sober curious.
  • Sans Bar: Chris Marshall is a mental health advocate who openly shares his experiences with generalized anxiety, depression, and self-harm.  He owns Sans Bar, a sober bar based in Austin, Texas that tours across the US hosting alcohol-free pop-up events.
  • Sober Black Girls Club: A platform providing support to Black folks considering beautiful sober lives. They offer regular meetings and other resources.
  • Speqtrum Hamilton: A Canada-based, youth-founded, and youth-focused community for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks aged 17-29 that has created a virtual community.
  • Paper Street Press:  A QTBIPOC and disabled BIPOC centered Artist zine press and distro based in Detroit, MI.
  • Blk Boy Shine: Queer artist Darryl DeAngelo Terrell uses his platform and works of art to amplify the voices of QTBIPOC.
  • Minaa B: A therapist and wellness coach using her platform to educate the public on self-care and mental health.