Despite the fact the news cycle has shifted back toward COVID and appears to be less focused on Black Lives Matter protests across the country, Americans are still calling for and working toward racial equality and social justice. Especially now, as black, Indigenous and people of color, along with their allies, face injustice and racism amid the stress and threat of a global pandemic, we are committed to providing support.  According to the American Psychological Association, even perceived racism may cause mental health symptoms similar to trauma and we know that there is a strong link between trauma and substance use disorder. 

Here are four mental health resources for Black Lives Matter protestors and allies:

Melanin & Mental Health

Melanin & Mental Health® connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. 

The Association of Black Psychologists, Inc.

Together with the Community Healing Network, this organization has created a FamilyCare, CommunityCare and Self-Care Tool Kit for those facing cultural trauma.

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of black women and girls. It provides a search service for finding culturally competent clinicians as well as a podcast.

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation 

This non-profit is dedicated to removing the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community and has published a directory of mental health providers and programs serving the African-American community.

Lionrock meetings 

In addition, Lionrock hosts free online AA and alternative support group meetings including our CommUnity Recovery Support Group Meeting. CommUnity is a recovery support group where all people in the pursuit of peace in mind and body may find hope and healing through connections with each other. 

Click here for information on CommUnity meetings as well as other online AA meetings and drug & alcohol support groups.