How to Use This Guide

  • Within this section of the guide, you will find mental health resources for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color)
  • Highly recommended resources are denoted with a star (★)
  • Each resource also notes practical recommendations or strategies to help
  • This guide is a "living document" and may be continually updated over time. The date of last update is 9/22/20.

Mental Health for BIPOC Summary

In addition to COVID-19, recent events have brought heightened attention to the specific stressors faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, who may be experiencing heightened fear, anger and grief at this time. Consistent with the Guide’s mission to provide timely mental health resources, we highlight a range of resources that may be useful to BIPOC-identifying individuals seeking support for mental health concerns and/or coping with race-related stressors, whether current and/or historical, as well as those hoping to share available resources to their patients. Mass General Psychiatry is not affiliated with, nor does it directly endorse, any non-MGH organizations listed here. This list is intended only to share resources currently available in the broader community.


In this guide:



Local Resources


Mental Health Provider Directories



Online Support Groups

  • Therapy for Black Girls: Online space founded by Dr. Joy Bradford dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls, including a free podcast aimed at making mental health topics accessible
  • Talkspace Support Group: Free therapist-led support group for coping with racial trauma
  • Sister Afya Online Sister Support Group: Support group for learning from other women and learning life skills to improve mental well-being ($10/session fee but can contact booking@sistaafya.com if fee is prohibitive)
  • Ethel’s Club: Paid membership-based virtual community with classes, live events and wellness resources for promoting wellbeing in people of color 


Self-Guided Virtual Resources

Apps and Materials

Reads

Other Resource Compilations 



Further Resources for Clinicians


With special thanks to the Division of Public and Community Psychiatry (Drs. Luana Marques and Derri Shtasel) and the Psychiatry Center for Diversity (Drs. Nhi-Ha Trinh, Anne Emmerich and Nadia Quijije) 

If you have comments or would like to suggest an addition to the guide, contact: Karmel Choi, PhD and Jordan W. Smoller, MD, ScD