Submitted by: M.B
Good morning #WWHHW FAMILY!!
I felt it is imperative to send out a reminder how IMPORTANT our mental health truly is. I've noticed how rough 2023 has been going for some and wanted to remind you that there ARE resources out there!
Today, I am dedicating these post to my Black Men. I know we are a social media driven society and I see more and more in subtle ways men ignore mental health and look to social media for guidance.
I encourage black men to not only follow some of these platforms but to think about receiving professional mental help, when ready.
Men, we need you to realize when it comes your mental health treatment, you tend to not only receive lower quality care but please understand these "vent session/Babershop Talk Sessions" are NOT ENOUGH.
I am grateful you are vocal in a safe space but consider getting help. Look for someone who is not only licensed but culturally competent. Someone who not only considers your culture but your core values and beliefs. We (professionally speaking) never know what you need until you come into our realm and help us break the stigma amongst your population. Saving and HEALING your life will/can help another.
Only 26.4% of Black & Hispanic Men, 18-44, who experienced daily feelings of anxiety or depression, are likely to recieving mental health services, compared with 45.4% of White men with those same feelings, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Let's start changing these numbers!
If you follow Instagram here are the platforms I recommend:
@TheLivesofMen & @Jason_Rosario
@drshopkin & @theblackunconscious
Below are 8 that provide resources and therapy options for Black males:
Alkeme Health: A digital platform that features a wealth of content from Black mental health and wellness practitioners
BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective): Comprised of a collective of “advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists, and activists,” this organization provides a directory of Black Therapists
certified in providing telehealth services.
Black Men Heal: This nonprofit provides information on how you can get free therapy sessions from selected providers
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation: Founded by actress Taraji P. Henson and named after her father, this foundation provides links to licensed therapists of color
Melanin and Mental Health: This group is dedicated to sourcing licensed and culturally competent mental health practitioners for Black and Latinx clients.
Psychology Today: This well-known mental wellness site has a national directory of African-American therapists and their contact information that you can access.
Talkspace: This online and mobile therapy company offers online access to licensed therapists
TherapyForBlackMen.Org: This organization also has a digital directory of therapists for Black males.
And lastly as a reminder, "Well What Had Happened Was.." not only has all these resources but we can also help connect with a therapist that fits your personal needs. Freely click the chat box or email us at email@example.com
If we have missed any resources, please feel free to send them to us to help update our site and bring awareness to other!
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or Text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
You can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line
If you need assistance getting counseling services, please utilize the Mental Health tab of the website or email us what counseling services you require and your zip code. We are here to help!
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