Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10-24, and LGBTQ+ youth are five times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers. There is a rising rate of suicidal thoughts and attempts by BIPOC, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of these startling facts, it is important to equip these marginalized groups and their allies with tools for resiliency.
For historically marginalized communities, traditional systems of care may overlook cultural and historical factors that impede LGBTQ+ and BIPOC mental health. Please visit the resources below to access support and information regarding mental health in LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis
General Mental Health Resources for BIPOC
BIPOC Mental Health- Mental Health America
Mental Health Resources For Black, Indigenous, And People Of Color from Mental Health America
How to Find an Anti-Racist Therapist
A resource by Mental Health America to help you find a therapist you feel comfortable with, who you can trust, and has some knowledge or experience working with people who are like you.
Racial Trauma- Mental Health America
Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), refers to the mental and emotional injury caused by encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, and hate crimes. Learn more from Mental Health America
Racism and Mental Health- Mental Health America
Black and African American Communities
My Therapy Cards
Self-exploration card deck created by a Black female psychologist for other women of color; created with the intention of helping other people of color grow and elevate in the areas of emotional and mental health.
Black and African American Communities and Mental Health- Mental Health America
The Loveland Foundation
Financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy.
Therapy for Black Girls
Online space encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls; referral tool to find a therapist in your area.
Therapy for Black Men
Primarily a therapist directory for Black men seeking therapy; includes some resources and stories.
Información Y Materiales De Salud Mental En Español (Information and Materials for Mental Health)
Information and Materials for Mental Health in Spanish by Mental Health America
Breaking the stigma of mental health related to the Latinx community; learn self-help techniques, how to support yourself and others.
Latinx/Hispanic Communities- Mental Health America
The Focus on You
Self-care, mental health, and inspirational blog run by a Latina therapist.
Therapy for Latinx
National mental health resource for the Latinx community; provides resources for the Latinx community to heal, thrive, and become advocates for their own mental health.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
Asian American Health Initiative
Part of the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services, includes Asian American resources.
Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA)
Dedicated to advancing the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.
Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum
Focused on improving the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
Native and Indigenous Communities
Indigenous Story Studio
Creates illustrations, posters, videos, and comic books on health and social issues for youth (Canadabased).
Native and Indigenous Communities and Mental Health- MHA
One Sky Center
The American Indian/Alaska Native National Resource Center for Health, Education, and Research; mission is to improve prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use problems and services among Native people.
We R Native
A comprehensive health resource for Native youth by Native youth, promoting holistic health and positive growth in local communities and the nation at large.
How do I find LGBTQ friendly therapy?
Human Rights Campaign
America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ+ equality. Their website has a wealth of information and resources for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland is a safe place for people in the LGBTQ+ community--they have lots of programs and resources for LGBTQ+ youth in Cleveland. Check out their website for information on their local programs, support groups, and events!
The Trevor Project
An American nonprofit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth.