The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America Report

The suicide death rate among Black youth has found to be increasing faster than any racial/ethnic group. This report from the Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health covers risk and protective factors for Black youth, and uses an upstream approach to recommendations regarding interventions and treatment for Black youth mental health. 

Webinar: Responding to the Alarm - Addressing Black Youth Suicide (NIMH, 2020)  "In collaboration with the Office of Behavioral Health Equity at SAMHSA, this 90-minute interactive roundtable webinar featured co-authors of the Taskforce report, including the leader of the Taskforce, answering our most pressing questions about Black youth suicide. Panelists discussed the latest trends and prevalence of suicide and suicide-related behaviors among Black children and youth and hear about the common risk and protective factors that are most salient for this population. The panel also shared their perspectives on this crisis and suggested some of the ways to identify Black children and youth who are at risk for suicide, how to best engage them, and provide them with developmentally and culturally appropriate support and care."

Webinar: Preventing Suicide and Self Harm Among Black Youth (CNS, 2020)This webinar will focus on the epidemiology of suicide and self-harm among Black youth, identify evidence-based and informed strategies for prevention, risk and protective factors, barriers to prevention and resources available to providers. 

Three Part CAMS Care Article Series on Black Suicidology (Tanisha Jarvis, MA): 

Part 1 -A Guide to Contextualizing the Reality of Systemic Racism and Black Suicidology
Part 2 - Current Research and Treatments 
Part 3 - Working with Suicidal Black Youth 

BEAM Collective (Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective)

A collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities. BEAM'S mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. This website contains links to trainings and online educational materials to teach the need for social justice-informed mental health literacy and its place in Black liberation. 

BEAM'S Black Virtual Therapist Network Directory

Why have Black virtual therapy? 

  • Black people are 7 times more likely to live in areas with limited access to mental health care.

  • There are a shortage of black mental health providers, and only a third of Black people who need mental health services receive treatment.

  • A virtual therapist network can help to bridge the gap to accessible and culturally sensitive mental health care for black people.

  • Virtual therapy can also address barriers to care such as transportation issues, busy schedules and mobility challenges that people may face.

Article - Five Signs of a Great (Virtual) Black Therapist >> 

Other Resources from BEAM 

BEAM Toolkit of Resources - Journal Prompts and Infographics >>>

Healing In Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice and Direct Action >>

Online Workshop: Taking Off the Cape to Save Our Lives: Countering the Black Super Woman Syndrome >>

Webinar - Black Mental Health and HIV/AIDS: Addressing the Intersections>


The Steve Fund

The Steve Fund is dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Offers resources such as the Equity in Mental Health Framework to help colleges/universities support the mental health of students of color, and the Knowledge Center full of webinars, interviews and presentations on different topics related to mental health for students of color. 

Young, Gifted, at Risk and Resilient: A Video Toolkit to Support the Wellbeing of Students of Color >>  Mental health among college students has become a national priority. Students of color in particular experience unique circumstances, such as racial/ethnic discriminationdisparities in mental health services, and marginalization. These experiences can contribute negatively to their mental health and well-being and impede both academic performance and college satisfaction.


Black Female Therapists network 

Black Female Therapists (BFT) is the #1 lifestyle and empowerment platform for women of color! This platform was created to promote, inspire, and elevate other black female therapists and create a safe space for black mental health. BFT gives mental health therapists a chance to show their #blackgirlmagic and makes it easier to connect with individuals nationwide. Not only is it a place to connect but aslo a safe place for black women to discuss their mental health and wellness journey and learn new strategies to live a better life.

Application for Free Therapy Services for Black Women: BFT has partnered with some licensed therapists across the country, that would like to service those in need at this time. These therapists have agreed to lower their fees or to offer services pro bono. You will be offered 2-3 sessions at the cost of $0 to you. Currently, BFT is raising fund to cover all cost for your services. If more sessions are needed, you can discuss this with your therapist. Once we locate a therapist in your area, you will receive notification from BFT confirming connection and will receive further correspondence from the therapist. **Please note: BFT does not have therapists in all 50 states. BFT will try their best to connect you with a therapist but completing the form does not guarantee that you will be connected with a therapist. 

Donate to the BFT Free Therapy Campaign Here 

Loveland Foundation

With the barriers affecting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic and racial groups. Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy.

Application for Black women and girls to obtain Financial Assistance for therapy >> 

Therapy for Black Men

A directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist. Using the directory, men can search by therapist location and specialization. Searching by location, the results will include the therapists near you and will display their credentials, location, and the issues they treat.

Blog by Therapy for Black Men >> 

Black Mental Health Alliance 

Black Mental Health Alliance has a mission to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities. BMHA is driven by a vision to create an equitable, respectful and compassionate society; and the development of Black communities in which optimal mental health enables children, youth, adults, and families to strive for and embrace their best life. 

Other Resources from BMHA

Mind Health: Shop Talk Program >> 

Reading List of Behavioral Health Books Written by Black People >> 

Database of Culturally Competent Mental Health Professionals >> 

Depressed While Black 

A multi-media online community, founded by suicide attempt survivor and advocate Imadé Borha, for sharing mental health stories from an African American lens. 

Help Me Find a Black Virtual Therapist Form >>> 

Depressed While Black Podcasts >>

Facebook page >> 

Article - "I Thought Depression Was a White People Disease: A Conversation with Depressed While Black" >> 


Sista Afya 

Based out of Chicago, Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness believes that together, Black women across the African Diaspora can sustain mental wellness through connecting to resources and supporting one another. Offers Mental Wellness Education, Resource Connection, Community Support, and Mental Wellness Merchandise. 

Mental Wellness Resources and Information >>

Black and LGBTQ Specific 

Trevor Project: All Black Lives Matter: Mental Health of Black LGBTQ Youth

Click for full report. Black LGBTQ youth’s identification with multiple marginalized identities might make them more susceptible to negative experiences and decreased mental health. Both LGBTQ youth and Black youth report higher rates of poor mental health due to chronic stress stemming from the marginalized social status they have in U.S. society. However, very little research has quantitatively explored outcomes specific to Black LGBTQ youth. This report utilizes an intersectional lens to contribute to our understanding of the Black LGBTQ youth experience among a national sample of over 2,500 Black LGBTQ youth by highlighting and building upon many of the findings released from The Trevor Project’s National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2020 as they relate to Black LGBTQ youth.

Black LGBTQ youth often report mental health challenges, including suicidal ideation.

  • 44% of Black LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months, including 59% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth
  • 55% of Black LGBTQ youth reported symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder in the past two weeks, including 70% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth
  • 63% of Black LGBTQ youth report symptoms of major depressive disorder including 71% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth
  • Self-harm was reported in 44% of Black LGBTQ youth, including 61% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth
  • 49% of Black LGBTQ youth reported wanting psychological or emotional counseling from a mental health professional in the past 12 months, but not being able to get it

Our research identified many risk factors for Black LGBTQ youth mental health.

  • 9% of Black LGBTQ youth reported having undergone conversion therapy, with 82% reporting it happened before age 18
  • 35% of Black LGBTQ youth have experienced homelessness, been kicked out, or run away
  • 38% of Black LGBTQ youth reported discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • 52% of Black LGBTQ youth reported discrimination based on their race or ethnicity
  • 17% of Black LGBTQ youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their LGBTQ identity
  • 25% of Black transgender and nonbinary youth reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime due to their gender identity

Our research also identified high impact protective factors for Black LGBTQ youth.

  • 82% of Black LGBTQ youth reported at least one supportive person in their life
  • Black transgender and nonbinary youth who reported high family support had lower rates of attempted suicide
  • 82% of Black LGBTQ youth report access to at least one in-person LGBTQ-affirming space.
  • Black youth who had access to at least one LGBTQ-affirming space attempted suicide at 50% lower rates compared to Black LGBTQ youth without access.

Trevor Project: Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 

The Trevor Project serves diverse communities across the country, and takes an intersectional approach to supporting the mental health of LGBTQ youth. This fact sheet covers the common feelings expressed by Black LGBTQ users of the Trevor Project Hotline in response to the senseless and unjust violence against Black Americans. Offers tips for how to support Black LGBTQ youth mental health. The Trevor Project offers 24/7 support on the phone (1-866-488-7386) and text/chat based options (click here).  

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network 

NQTTCN Directory: An interactive digital resource that helps QTPoC locate QTPoC mental health practitioners across the country.

Mental Health Fund: The MHF provides financial assistance to queer and trans people of color to increase access to mental health support for QTPoC, by QTPoC. Provides support for up to 6 sessions with a psychotherapist. Applicants can request up to $100 per session.

In order to apply, you will need to:

  1. Identify as a queer and/or trans person of color

  2. Live in the United States

  3. Have or find a therapist who agrees to participate in this program. 

    1. Applicant must provide the MHF Intro Letter for Therapists to their practitioner

  4. Require financial assistance to pay for psychotherapy


Wisconsin-Based Resources

Sankofa Behavioral and Community Health - Monona, WI 

"Sankofa Behavioral & Community Health is a not for profit certified outpatient behavioral health clinic that was officially established in 2012.  We proudly contend that our origins extend back to Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements. These struggles for empowerment inform our practice and treatment of individuals seeking behavioral health care services. So, how does equality and fairness inform behavioral health care? We believe that even when experiencing distress, pain, and struggles, each of us have God-given abilities to effectuate change. Essentially, we believe that we are born with skills, wisdom, and knowledge to make positive changes in our lives. We already have the power, we just have to find it and use it to make ourselves happy, be our best selves, and reach our highest potential. As such, any services that we provide to the struggling and suffering, will be provided in the spirit of fairness and equality. We want each of our community members to have access to fair and equitable behavioral health services without fear of maltreatment or discrimination." 

Services include: Advocacy, Assessment, Case Management, Culturally Specific Counseling, Medication Management, Mental Health Counseling, Mentors, Group Programs.


The Center for Community Healing - Madison, WI 

"The Center for Community Healing is a counseling center in Madison, Wisconsin dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families. Queer folx in distress need skilled clinicians who understand their lived experiences and identities.  We are queer and trans clinicians who have significant clinical expertise in supporting recovery from trauma, managing anxious and depressive symptoms, and making relationships work for you. "

Services include: Mental Health Counseling, Telehealth and phone counseling, gender affirming support."

Free Short Term Counseling for Black LGBTQ+ Folks in Wisconsin  

"In honor of Tony McDade and Nina Pop, Shannon will be offering a limited number of free, short-term counseling sessions for Black LGBTQ+ folx in Wisconsin. Those who are eligible can access up to 5, 50 minute counseling sessions. To access this care, you must:

  • Have access to an internet connection and the ability to use our HIPAA compliant telehealth app via smartphone or computer for sessions. Computer and internet access is needed for sessions as long as the Center for Community Healing is providing telehealth remotely. We are in the process of evaluating safety considerations and a return to in person sessions, and will be working remotely at least through the end of June

  • Live in the State of Wisconsin and be in the State of Wisconsin at the time of services per license requirements

  • Be age 18 or older

Please call Shannon at (608) 520-0461 or email to schedule a phone consult.


Archived Webinar - Ending African American Deaths from Despair (hosted by Safe Communities and African American Opioid Coalition)