Here are a few resources that could support your Wellbeing and Mental Health:
Black Minds Matter
Treating mental health must be a priority in the fight for equality and welfare of black people in the UK. They are offering free Therapy sessions for the Black Community via Black Therapists. You would need to enquire on their website or via this email address.
Make Our Rights Reality
Six Steps to supporting your mental health as a young black person. There are more links within article for self-care tips.
Different steps to improve mental health as well as different services of where you can get help and support.
The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network
List of services that offer free counselling specifically set up to serve the BME community. Many of these services encourage you to self-refer but if you are unsure your GP can signpost or assist you with a referral.
They work together to reduce the inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services. They address the barriers which lead to poorer outcomes across a range of social factors, such as education, employment, housing, and so on, all of which may negatively impact one’s health and wellbeing.
They also have a space called the Black Thrive Zoom drop in:
Every Friday during this time of COVID, Black Thrive will be hosting a public Zoom drop in for anyone who wants to connect. It’s a check-in of sorts but often ends up becoming an engaging conversation about the state of mental health around the country.
If you are free between 4 -5pm on Friday afternoon, please stop in via Zoom and say hello.
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Here you can find Black Female Therapists as well as podcasts to listen to around various topics.
Work to improve resilience of young Black men and enable them to better take care of their mental health and wellbeing.
Different programmes are available: Young black men programme, ‘up my street’ project, 300 voices –legacy. For more information please contact the Equality Improvement Team.
Personal Tips from our Programmes Assistant Aliyah Forde:
- Have a break from social media
- Do something you love/ will have fun with
- Listen to some music
- Take the time to breathe (I saw something that said: ‘’Unclench your Jaw and Breathe’’)
- Talk to someone about how you are feeling (someone you trust) you can also ask to speak to a member of staff at Citz
- Celebrate: the greatness and achievements of yourself and other black people around you
- Please Remember: You are AMAZING!
Your LIFE & VOICE MATTERS!