HEALTHY BLACK MINDS
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE HUB

For assistance navigating any of the below resources, please feel free to contact our Community Health Navigator, Pavi Montes: pmontes@urbanleague.org 

WEBINAR recap

The past couple of years have not been easy on anyone, and youth are feeling it big time.

In October 2021, the American Association of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Children’s Hospital Association declared youth mental health a national emergency.

So, between constant disruptions from COVID-19, the fight against racial injustice, stress about climate change, and more, we want to know: Are the kids alright? And what do they need from us?

If you missed out on the LIVE webinar, feel free to catch up by watching the video in this section! You will hear from health care professionals, mental health therapists, and high schoolers with lived experience about what we can do to support our young people and tips and tricks for better mental health.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde

It's okay to not be okay.

If you are feeling a lot right now, you’re not alone – we see you. Here are some resources to help wherever you’re at.  

Keep checking back as we add more!  

Your life matters.

If you are feeling suicidal, there is help available now. Please call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to get support today.  

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Crisis Lines

Are you in need of immediate support? If so, try one of these helpful crisis lines to connect with someone right now.

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Grief Support

If you or someone in your life is experiencing grief and in need of support, we got you. You’re not alone. There are resources available and people out there who can help.

Take good care of yourself and remember you’re not alone!

Justine McClure

E: jmcclure@afsp.org

P: (206) 459-7617  

Website: Crisis Connections 

24-Hour Crisis Line: (866) 427-4747

Teen Link: (866) 833-6546 

Phoebe Terhaar

E: terhaarp@uw.edu

P: (206) 543-1016 

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Mental Health Resources for BIPOC Communities

The Washington Counselors of Color Network serves an array of ethnic clients needing counseling and therapy from providers who understand the specific needs of people of color and various cultures.

Website: https://www.multiculturalcounselors.org/

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. 

Website: https://therapyforblackgirls.com/

Empowering People of Color through Mental Health Education and Radical Self-Care.

Website: https://therapyfundfoundation.org/

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Mental Health Resources

Website: https://namiseattle.org/bipoc-mental-health-resources/

Sound Mental Health

Website: https://www.sound.health/

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.

Website: https://www.beam.community/whatwebelieve

A nonprofit organization that focuses on the mental health of young Black women and girls. Through mental health literacy workshops and therapy scholarships, the organization aims to empower the mental well-being of Black women, Black girls and young women facing an immediate crisis.

Black girls can text the word “SMILE” to the national crisis text line, 741741. That code helps identify that a Black girl is in crisis and needs culturally responsive support.

Website: https://www.blackgirlssmile.org

Consejo provides the Latino communities in Washington State with behavioral health-based counseling and referral services. Consejo aims to aid their clients through “culturally competent services designed to address the diverse needs of adults, children, adolescents and families in the Latino community.”

Website: https://consejocounseling.org

Muslim Behavioral Health Network is made up of distinguished professionals whose goal is to educate and provide resources to the Muslim community about mental health and substance use disorder issues. 

Connect:

Offering tween/teen yoga

Website: https://8limbsyoga.com

We need to sustain ourselves if we are going to sustain a movement. Mental health is health.

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For Youth & Caretakers

CHOOSE 180 Counseling is a step towards becoming a strong and healthy version of yourself no matter what you may be facing in your daily life.

Website: https://choose180.org/

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

Website: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

A college planning guide for students with psychiatric disabilities.

Website: https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/college-planning-with-psychiatric-disabilities/

How to help kids handle racism and violence in the news:

Website: https://namiqn.org/racism-and-violence-how-to-help-kids-handle-the-news/

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WA State Mental Health Referral Service for Children & Teens

The Washington State Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens connects families with mental health providers for their child. The Referral Service is accessible to youth 17 and under living in Washington State.

Call 833-303-5437 Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm or complete an online request form to start finding support.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Well Beings: Centering the Mental Health of Black Youth

As a part of the national Well Beings initiative, KCTS 9 partnered with the WA Therapy Fund Foundation and The Root of Our Youth for a virtual event to address youth mental health and well-being. The event center and supports Black youth as they continue to build their power, and the friends, family and community that surround them.  

The content of the virtual event is appropriate for ages 13 and up. 

POLICY PRIORITIES

Legislative Framework

On the policy level, ULMS is supporting ways to expand access to behavioral health issues in Washington state and ensure our youth have enjoyment and safety.

Here is a brief overview of the legislation we are advocating for this year. For our full 2022 Legislative Framework and to  stay up to date on how to act on these important issues, click ‘learn more’ below!

Creating the African American studies specialty endorsement.

Concerning student excused absences for mental health reasons.

Preventing homelessness among persons discharging from inpatient behavioral health settings.

Addressing the behavioral health workforce shortage and expanding access to peer services by creating the profession of certified peer specialists.

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Black Lives Matter, which means Black Health Matters too.

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