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Systemic Racism

Mental Health Resources for BIPOC Community

In an attempt to break down all of the various and interconnected ways that systemic racism is a public health crisis, this guide also highlights a sampling of resources that focus specifically on the mental health repercussions within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community. This page contains the following:

Video Clips

Source: Newsy. (2020, June 22). Understanding Racial Trauma. YouTube. https://youtu.be/gIyp8AZV1vs

Source: AJ+ (2015, November 23).  If You're Not White It's Harder To Get Mental Health Care. YouTube. https://youtu.be/FgNaqfGTysU

Source: Vice News. (2020, August 18). We Went to a Support Group for Black People in America. YouTube. https://youtu.be/p7Z3YyHR7vs

Source:TED. (2015, February 17). How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris. YouTube. https://youtu.be/95ovIJ3dsNk

Source: Vice News. (2020, May 20). The Kids Are Not Alright: The Mental Health Crisis Affecting Latina Teens. YouTube. https://youtu.be/5bovfmAZZMc

Source: Good Morning America. (2018, September 11). New generation of Asian-American women are fighting to normalize mental health treatment. YouTube. https://youtu.be/gWqvI9m-Ync

Source: Cronkite News.(2019, October 2). Native American suicide: Breaking the Silence. YouTube. https://youtu.be/ZGL4pnw2ymo

Source: CBS News. (2019, September 6).  How Migrant Children React to "Psychological Trauma" at Detention Centers. YouTube.https://youtu.be/kU6ZEzN5veE

Source: AJ+ (2020, July 25). The Criminal Justice System Has a Mental Health Crisis. YouTube. https://youtu.be/1n_YFhQRU_0

Source: AJ+ (2018, March 4). The Negative Effects Of The 'Strong Black Woman' Stereotype. YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlYSzI8fX9o

Source: AJ+ (2019, November 8). Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. How Is It Different From PTSD? YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rorgjdvphek

Source: Society for Health Psychology. (2016, June 23). Dr. Cheryl Giscombe discusses her research on health disparities and stress. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zStu1T4OAAU

Source: Psych Hub. (2020, October 5).  Racism and Mental Health. YouTube. https://youtu.be/aV4Hk4PQ4Tc

Articles

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Scholarship

Hotlines, Advocacy Groups and Tool Kits related to BIPOC Mental Health

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Books

book cover for racial trauma in the school system by Connesia Handford
book cover for  Grieving while Black : an antiracist take on oppression and sorrow by  Breeshia Wade
book cover  Measuring the effects of racism : guidelines for the assessment and treatment of race-based traumatic stress injury by Robert Carter
book cover for  You are your best thing : Vulnerability, shame resilience, and the black experience by Tarana Burke
Book cover for  Social (In)Justice and Mental Health  by Ruth Shim
book cover for  The body keeps the score : brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk
book cover for  The body is not an apology : the power of radical self-love by Sonya Renee Taylor
book cover for  Sisters of the yam : black women and self-recovery by bell hooks
book cover for  Black women's mental health : balancing strength and vulnerability by Stephanie Evans
book cover for  Black rage by William Grier
book cover for hifting : the double lives of Black women in America by Charisse Jones
book cover for  My grandmother's hands : racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies by  Resmaa Menakem
book cover for  Black fatigue : how racism erodes the mind, body, and spirit by Mary-Frances Winters
book cover for  Pleasure activism : the politics of feeling good by  Adrienne Brown
book cover for inner work of racial justice by rhonda magee
book cover for im lying but im tellinlg the truth by Bassey Ikpi
book cover  for Addressing racism facilitating cultural competence in mental health and educational settings by  Madonna Constantine
book cover for  Black pain : it just looks like we're not hurting : real talk for when there's nowhere to go but up  by Terrie Williams
book cover for  Multicultural feminist therapy : helping adolescent girls of color to thrive by Thema Bryant-Davis
book cover for  Rock my soul : Black people and self-esteem by bell hooks
book cover for  Heavy : an American memoir by Kiese Laymon
book cover for  Counseling the culturally diverse : theory and practice by Derald Wing Sue
book cover for  Post traumatic slave syndrome : America's legacy of enduring injury and healing by Joy Angela DeGruy
book cover for Leveraging Culture to Address Health Inequalities : Examples From Native Communities : workshop summary
book cover for  Mindful of race : transforming racism from the inside out by ruth King
book cover for  Counseling African American males : effective therapeutic interventions and approaches by William Ross
book cover for  Black men and depression : understanding and overcoming depression in Black men  by John Head
book cover for  Racial battle fatigue in faculty : perspectives and lessons from higher education by Nicholas Danie Hartlep
book cover for  All About Love by bell hooks

Podcasts

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Therapy for Black Girls

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

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At Liberty

Episode: The Impact of Intergenerational Immigrant Trauma

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Laverne Cox

Episode: Trauma Resilience & Healing

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Doin' The Work

Episode: Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive Mental Health

Code Switch

Episode: Can Therapy Solve Racism?

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Speaking of Racism

Episode: Healing Racial Trauma with Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons

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Good Ancestor with Layla Saad

Episode: Breaking the Chains of Intergenerational Trauma

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Psychiatry Unbound

Episode: Transgender and LGBTQ Mental Health

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Therapy For Black Girls

Episode: Getting Rid of Sexual Shame

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Being Well

Episode: Institutional Racism and Traumatic Stress with Dr. Alfiee

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Black Mental Health Podcast

The black mental health podcast is dedicated to understanding and unraveling the mental issues in the African American community.

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Body Trauma: A Storytelling Podcas‪t

Through all types of agency and marginalization people share their body’s story. Hosted by Nia Patterson.

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Naming It

 Bay Area Psychologists, Dr. Bedford Palmer & Dr. LaMisha Hill,  explore the intersections of Social Justice, Psychology, & Blackness.

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Black Gaze

Episode: Black Mental Health & Self Care

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Affirm

The podcast for women of color who affirm their worth, value mental health, and seek wholeness. Biweekly mental health podcast hosted by Davia Roberts, LPC (licensed in WI).

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Latinx Therapy

Break the stigma of mental health as it relates to the Latinx community.

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Couched in Color

This podcast hosted by Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee) is designed to enlighten the public and encourage dialogue on the mental health needs of youth and young adults of color.

 

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Ourselves Black

A weekly podcast that speaks with black mental health experts while also providing a glimpse into the mental health journeys of others.

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Truth Be Told

Episode: No More Shame

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Gentler: Practical Self-Care

Episode: A Message to non-Black people + Self-care for Black Peopl‪e.‬

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Black History Year

Episode: The Psychological Effects of White Supremacy

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Cultivating H.E.R. Space

Dr. Dominique Broussard, a college professor and psychologist, and Terri Lomax, a techie and motivational speaker,  initiate authentic, uplifting conversations for the Black woman.

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Asians Do Therapy

Conversations with Asians and Asian Americans on both sides of the couch.

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We Live Here

Episode: Uprising Mental Health

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Between Sessions

Two brown chicks changing the face of therapy on both sides of the couch.

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Asian Mental Health Project

Educate. Empower. Advocate.
*not a replacement for therapy*

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All My Relations

All My Relations is a team of folks who care about representations, and how Native peoples are represented in mainstream media.

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Balanced Black Girl

 Tune in for approachable health, self-care, personal development, and well-being advice from Black women wellness experts.

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Latinx Mental Health Podcast

This is the Latinx Mental Health Podcast where we talk to therapists, researchers, artists, activists, and students about their experiences in the intersections of mental health and Latinx identity.

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Mental Health Mukbang

Asian Mental Health Collective podcast where we try to break down big mental health ideas into easily digestible sound bites.

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