Black History Month is a time to re-engage, acknowledge, legitimize, and give ample space for the achievements and experiences of Black Americans and people of African descent. This includes looking at things through the lens of mental health.
The 2023 Black History Month theme is “Black Resistance.” According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, this theme is a ‘call to everyone, inside and outside the academy, to study the history of Black Americans’ responses to establish safe spaces, where Black life can be sustained, fortified, and respected.’
To help the mental health community we have put together a working resource list for engaging Black History Month. While this list is certainly not extensive, it seeks to provide a variety of starting points for embracing Black History Month.
Mental Health Resources
Loveland Foundation: The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.
Therapy For Black Girls: Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
- Check out the podcast episode: Some Thoughts on Body Image with Paula Edwards-Gayfield, MA, LPCS, LPC, NCC, CEDS-S.
- Check out the podcast episode: Let’s Chill with the Quarantine 15 Jokes with Gayle Brooks, PhD, CEDS-S
Coffee, Hip Hop, & Mental Health: Their mission is to bring awareness to the importance of mental health, emotional intelligence, and self-awareness to one’s quality of life, particularly in the black community. Their primary service is to provide access to mental health and therapeutic services by removing the financial, systemic, and emotional barriers which prevent healing.
Melanin & Mental Health: Melanin & Mental Health connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities.
Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM): BEAM is a national training, movement building, and grant making institution that is dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
Mental Health America: Throughout the month, they are highlighting Black and African American contributions to the mental health movement. Also, offering a multitude of resources.
Specific Directories of Therapists
- Black Virtual Therapist Network
- Association of Black Psychologists
- Therapy for Black Girls
Books to Read
Many books, written by medical and mental health professions, and/or other members of the Black and African American community may be valuable resources. Here are some of the most helpful:
- It’s Always Been Ours: Rewriting the Story of Black Women’s Bodies by Jessica Wilson MS RD
- Coming out February 7th!
- The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
- Hunger by Roxanne Gay
- Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat: A Story of Bulimia by Stephanie Covington Armstrong
- The Body is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
- Fearing The Black Body by Sabrina Strings
- Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide by Charlynn Small and Mazella Fuller
- Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness by Da’Shaun L. Harrison
Buy these from Black-owned bookstores!
Comfortably Uncomfortable: Continuing the Conversation
Date: February 17, 2023
In this lively networking event hosted by Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LCMHCS, LPC, CEDS-S, participants will discuss a variety of topics affecting BIPOC individuals, with the intention that providers of care will be able to move from cultural competency to cultural humility.
Virtual BIPOC Support Group for Eating Disorders
Date: Held weekly on Tuesdays
This weekly group addresses the emotional and physical impacts of the current cultural climate on recovery and is ideal for BIPOC individuals with disordered eating patterns, or those questioning if they have an eating disorder, who are looking for additional support. To learn more about this virtual support group, call 1-800-RENFREW.
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