Mental Health for Black Students
Information provided by Sunshine Behavioral Health.
Here are some free or low-cost sources for mental health treatment of the Black community. We also offer student support programs to support Black students, including Umoja, a program that supports community engagement, cultural empowerment, culturally responsive pedagogy, and self-love.
- Black Men Heal. Limited and selective (no guarantees) free mental health service opportunities following a waiting period.
- Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. To help Black Americans with “life-changing stressors and anxiety” receive mental health services, the organization’s Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign pays for up to five individual sessions — first come, first served — “until all funds are committed or exhausted.”
- Henry Health. Culturally sensitive self-care support and teletherapy for Black men and their families. “The first out-of-pocket session is on us.”
- Inclusive Therapists. With a directory of therapists offering reduced-fee teletherapy.
- Family Paths. “Mental health and supportive services to low-income, multi-stressed individuals and families” in Alameda County, Calif.
- Open Path Collective. A nonprofit that for a one-time membership fee provides inexpensive in-network therapy, online and in-person.
- Talkspace. Live video psychiatry sessions, plus a free therapist-led racial trauma support group, and financial assistance for the Black community.
- Zencare. Provides a list of Black therapists — primarily in Boston, New York City, and Rhode Island — some of whom “offer a sliding scale, lower fees, or out-of-network reimbursement for individuals who cannot otherwise afford to pay for therapy.”
Culturally Competent Mental Health Providers
- Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM).
- Black Female Therapists.
- Black Men Speak.
- Black Mental Wellness. Apps, podcasts, videos.
- Brother, You’re on My Mind. Provides educational materials on mental health issues affecting black men, particularly Omega Psi Phi Fraternity members, with an online toolkit.
- InnoPsych. Resources to find a therapist of color.
- LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color Directory.
- Melanin and Mental Health. Directory of “Dope Therapists.”
- Ourselves Black. Directory of providers, plus a podcast, online magazine, and online discussion groups.
- Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness. Chicago-area organization providing sliding-scale rates for mental health treatment for Black women.
- Therapy for Black Girls. “An online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls,” with a therapist locator, in-office and virtual, plus a blog, podcast, and online community.