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Black History Month: The Best Mental Health Learning Resources [Updated for 2024]

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.

Each February, we celebrate Black History Month, which is an opportunity to honor and embrace the achievements of Black Americans in our country. How did this month come to be?

Each year, the ASALH selects a theme for Black History Month. You can explore past themes from 1928 through the present day at this link. This year’s theme’s is African Americans and the Arts. Honoring the countless poets, musicians, visual artists, and dancers who have inspired social change through their craft, this year highlights their “art of resistance”.

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.

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
  • NQTTCN

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
  • 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
  • Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim by Leah Vernon

Buy these from Black-owned bookstores!

Renfrew-Specific Events

Comfortably Uncomfortable: Continuing the Conversation
Date: February 23, 2024

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.

Register for this event.


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.


Have a resource to share with us? Contact [email protected] to let us know!

 

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