Black British mental health services that can offer support if you're currently struggling.
You may have seen last week that we posted a list of petitions and causes to donate to in support of Black Lives Matter - which you can still do today. But, this article is for those who need a little bit of extra support themselves. If recent events have left you feeling angry, hopeless, or alone and you are not receiving the necessary support from your university, social networks or online communities, here are a few organisations you can turn to which put Black people’s mental health at the forefront of everything they do.
Their mission is to make mental health topics relevant and accessible for all Black people in the U.K. They’re doing this by connecting Black individuals and families with free professional mental health resources. You can head to their website to begin your journey towards improving your mental health today; all you need to do is choose a therapist based on your needs, arrange a session and they will cover the cost.
If therapy isn’t for you, something you don’t need right now, or you’re just not there yet, why not follow them on Instagram for support and advice for now: @BlackMindsMatter.UK
BEAM’s mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience when trying to get help or access to mental health services, support or healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts, all online, and you can sign up to their events here. They’re a global community that offers support and unity.
This service is currently redoing their website but they are still offering free counselling for African, Caribbean and Dual-Heritage people aged 13+. While their website is down you can call them on 0113 3070300 or email them for more information on [email protected]. They’re based in Leeds.
Black Mental Wellness gives access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioural health topics from a Black perspective. They aim to give you a better understanding of why you may be feeling the way you do and how to cope with those emotions.
They have a range of useful content, including COVID-19 related stress resources, relaxation strategies and inspiring interviews.
An initiative launched to raise awareness of the mental health challenges that affect Black men and families. They may be US-based but they offer a fantastic online toolkit that provides the materials and resources to help you help your brothers, fathers and friends who may also be suffering from depression or anxiety. Knowing a loved one is struggling and not knowing how to be there for them can be just as hard as dealing with these issues yourself.
Something slightly different to finish on, a Women of Colour-driven Instagram account. If you’re thinking that traditional and conventional charities and resources may not work for you, an inclusive, friendly, inspiring Instagram might instead. Sad Girls Club has been creating a community of mental health support for Gen Z and Millennials since 2017.
For more general charities and resources offering mental health resources and services (24/7 text and call lines), check out this blog. Also please remember to keep signing those petitions and donating where you can. You’re not alone, mental illness is not a weakness and Black Lives Matter.