Resources for African American and Black Students
At CAPS we strive to uplift and support the experiences of Black-identified people in our daily practice. In honor of Black History Month, we want to be intentional about highlighting the mental health related resources available specifically for people of the African diaspora. While the resources listed below are by no means an exhaustive list, we intend for this to be a starting point. For additional assistance please call CAPS at (415) 422-6352/-6351.
- Association of Black Psychologists: A national database of participating members of The Association of Black Psychologists who either have a private practice or work for a hospital or other agency.
- Black Men Heal: Nonprofit headquartered in Philadelphia. Provides limited free mental health services for Black men in the Philadelphia area and helps them find an appropriate therapist; there may be a waiting period, and services are not guaranteed. Website may be compromised, so visit Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
- Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation: National nonprofit founded by actress Taraji Henson to provide information and services to Black Americans with “life-changing stressors and anxiety”; Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign (taking new applicants in January 2021) pays for up to five individual sessions for a select number of clients. Apply online; you will be notified within a few days if you are accepted into the program. The site also includes resources on free virtual support groups for teens and young adults in various states.
- Ethel’s Club: Brooklyn-based organization offering live-streamed weekday classes, workshops, and wellness sessions for the Black community, with a monthly membership fee. The first week is free, up to three sessions a day. Provides free virtual healing and grieving sessions; there is currently a waiting list to sign up for the free sessions.
- Hurdle.co: Culturally responsive teletherapy for people of color in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland, with a special emphasis on serving Black men, through Henry Health. Takes major insurance. Cost is $99/session if paying out of pocket, and the first out-of-pocket session is free. Free 15-minute consultation.
- Loveland Foundation: Nationwide nonprofit provides financial assistance to pay for 4 to 8 therapy sessions for Black women and girls, subject to availability of funds.
- Talkspace: Teletherapy (for individual adults, couples, and teens) and tele-medicine psychiatry sessions; offers a free POC therapist-led racial trauma support group through Facebook, and financial assistance for the Black community. Monthly subscription cost varies, depending on plan, starting at $260/month. Student discounts may be available.
- Therapy for Black Girls database: Website is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls; site includes this database for finding therapists, among other features and resources.
- Therapy for Black Men: Nationwide nonprofit provides searchable database of culturally sensitive therapists and life coaches. Website includes application for financial assistance for individual therapy.
- Zencare: Provides a searchable database of Black therapists (primarily in Boston, New York City, and Rhode Island), some of whom offer a sliding scale, lower fees, or out-of-network reimbursement for individuals who cannot otherwise afford to pay for therapy.