Young people of color are resilient. But being a young person of color in America today can mean consistent exposure to traumatic incidents directed at their communities, whether in person, on television or through social media. While awareness can spur action that results in change, it can also take an emotional toll on young people that can impact other facets of their lives like schooling and relationships.
Maintaining mental health is important and seeking help can be necessary to stay healthy. In this article, OnlineCounselingPrograms.com has assembled a variety of mental health-focused content and resources to support young people of color.
Organizations Focused on the Mental Health of Young People of Color
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.
National Black Child Development Institute: a national organization dedicated to the well-being of Black children that works with leaders and policymakers on issues such as education, health and health care accessibility.
Life is Precious: a suicide prevention program for Latinx girls that provides academic support, art therapies, and mental health and wellness activities.
Aakoma Project: a nonprofit that advances the mental health needs of adolescents of color and their families, raising awareness about mental health stigmas, and facilitating conversations about mental illness.
Asian Mental Health Collective: an organization helping to normalize and make mental health care more accessible for the Asian community, where a lot of mental health struggles are often invalidated or unaddressed.
Concerned Black Men of America: an organization connecting children of color to mental health resources and role models. The organization has parent-focused programs on career development and adult literacy.
Loveland Foundation: an organization focused on the mental health and well-being of Black women and girls. It provides collaborative opportunities and initiatives for healing and empowerment, such as therapy funds, fellowships and listening tours.
Black Girls Smile: an organization focused on the mental wellness of Black females that encourages positive mental health education. It offers mental health awareness workshops for different age groups and promotes accessibility to therapists of color for Black women and girls.
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation: a nonprofit founded by Taraji P. Henson that advances the mental health needs of Black communities. The organization offers scholarships to Black students seeking careers in the mental health field, delivers mental health services and programs to students in urban schools, and spreads awareness about mental health wellness.
Circles of Care: a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) three-year grant program geared toward American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It helps children with severe emotional disturbances and their families obtain funding for tribal communities to improve youth mental health and provide a community-based support system.
Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute: a national organization that advocates for and promotes the mental well-being of Native American youth through community-driven solutions with an emphasis on preventing youth suicide. The organization specializes in youth engagement and leadership development, resource exchanges, and policy advocacy.
Reclaim: an organization dedicated to making mental health support and care more accessible and culturally competent for queer and trans youth ages 12-16.
Mental Health Hotlines and Support Groups for Young People of Color
DeQH: a hotline for Desi LGBTQ for South Asians. Call 908-367-3374.
The Steve Fund: crisis support for young people of color. Text STEVE to 741741 to access a culturally trained crisis text line counselor.
Asian LifeNet: a 24-hour hotline available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean & Fujianese. Call 877-990-8585.
Young People of Color @ 7cups: an online support community for young people of color. It includes daily check-ins, celebrations, icebreakers and Q&As.
Ok2Talk: a moderated online community platform by the National Alliance on Mental Illness for teens to anonymously express their experiences of mental illness, recovery, or struggle. Posters can share stories, poems, quotes, lyrics and messages of support and hope.
WhatWorks4U: a mental health network for young people and parents of young people exchanging ideas on what works for treatment and care for their mental health issues.
Teen Tribe: a social support group for teens who are dealing with mental health struggles and/or difficult family dynamics.
LiveWell Teens: free weekly mental wellness, depression, and anxiety peer support groups led by experts and educators to help teens ages 14-18 manage stress.
The Boys Town National Hotline: a 24/7 year-round hotline accredited by the American Association of Suicidology. It is for at-risk youth to reach out and discuss issues they are experiencing such as anger, depression and bullying. Call 800-448-3000.
Digital Resources to Support the Mental Health of Young People of Color
Ourselves Black: a site with podcasts, an online magazine, and a blog that share stories related to mental health rooted in communities of color.
Grit X: a platform for young adults and adolescents to reflect on their well-being that includes self-guided questions about mental health through journaling and art.
MannMukti: a storytelling platform dedicated to reducing stigma related to mental health in the South Asian community.
The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: an educational resource at the Massachusetts General Hospital that supports the mental health of children and adolescents. It features easy-to-understand blogs, podcasts, and videos.
Rest for Resistance: a mental health healing space for queer people of color that includes stories and poems of survival, resistance, and struggles in mental health.
MyleMarks Free Mental Health Worksheets: a series of worksheets (downloadable in PDF form) for kids and teens to explore their feelings on mental health issues. Setting boundaries, establishing goals and needs, and creating coping mechanisms are some examples.
Apps for Supporting the Mental Health of Young People
The Safe Place: a minority mental health app raising awareness on mental health in the Black community. Featuring inspirational quotes and statistics, it can also be a learning tool for mental health professionals working with people of color.
Liberate: a meditation app for communities of color that includes guided meditations and talks designed for the BIPOC experience.
Dreamy Kid: a kids’ mental health and wellness app that features everyday meditations, affirmations, issue-based meditation (such as confidence-building, eating healthy, ADHD, or anger management, etc), and bedtime stories.
SuperBetter: an emotional wellness game for children and teens to build resilience, motivation and positivity in the face of adversity.
Calm Counter:an app that helps kids calm down from emotions, especially those with autism. It is a visual and audio tool telling stories about anger and how to calm down. It opens up to an “I need a break” screen when tapped.
Instagram is a great social tool for young people, where they can follow accounts of mental health educators, therapists of color, and other content creators. Many of these accounts post bite-sized, colorfully designed and digestible posts about supporting mental health or quotes about holistic healing, setting boundaries, and affirmations. Focuses range from racial trauma to body positivity. They are aimed at a variety of age groups, but primarily young people.
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