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. 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 FacebookInstagram, 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.
  • 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.

The resources listed here are favorites of the staff at CAPS. Some are general, and some are geared toward Black students. Check out the menu to the left for more tools for managing stress, sleep, and other concerns.

  • Juneteenth in the Park Festival: This is the African American Community Service Agency's 40th year producing the Juneteenth in the Park Festival in San Jose. For over 39 years, the Juneteenth Festival in San Jose/Silicon Valley has averaged over 6,000 attendees. Entertainment has ranged from artists like Anthony Hamilton, Case, Jaguar Wright, Jon B., Reuben Studdard, and Brandy to groups like the Drifters with a wide range of local artists from Rap/Hip Hop to R&B, Gospel, and Jazz. Our wide variety of food, artwork, retailers, community services and local businesses have been a major draw for event attendees.  The Festival celebrates African American heritage and is an opportunity to educate the community on topics ranging from health to educational and financial literacy. This year, as the community is re-emerging after a long year of struggle, celebrating our resilience together will be especially meaningful.
  • San Francisco Juneteenth Weekend: SF Black Wallstreet is honored to host our second annual Juneteenth celebration on Sunday, June 20, 2021, 11am-5pm at Gillman Park, in San Francisco. This event is part of weekend-long Juneteenth celebrations citywide taking place June 18-20. The vision for this celebration is born out of our community’s call for an anchoring manifestation of Black culture and economic health in San Francisco. Moreover, this 156th observance of Juneteenth honors the centuries-old tradition of advocacy for Black liberation and empowerment.
  • Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives: On Saturday, June 19, in commemoration of Juneteenth, Flux Projects will present Charmaine Minniefield’s Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives, honoring the unmarked graves in Oakland’s historic African American Burial Grounds. Free tours of Oakland’s African American Burial Grounds during the run of the project will also be offered. 

  • Juneteenth Family Cookout: NAACP Oakland is proud to host Black Family Weekend 2021. Join us June 19th, 2021 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at 6502 Broadway Terrace, Oakland.

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