Resources for Black Healing & Wellness


Resources for Black Healing

This compilation of resources is a reflection of my personal identities and social network as a black

woman and social worker. Through connecting with my network of counselors, therapists, community

organizers, and others just trying to heal and serve, I have pulled together some resources to share. I

know there are gaps as this is not exhaustive or meant to speak to every unique experience or identity

within the Black community. Nevertheless, I hope that at least one thing on this list can bring you or a

loved one some peace and healing during this time. This is me just wanting to support folks any way that

I can and assert that we matter, our lives matter, and our healing matters. by Micalah Webster MSW/MHSA

Association of Black Psychologists, The Emotional Emancipation Initiative

CHN and ABPsi have been working together since 2009 to build a worldwide movement for the emotional emancipation, healing, wellness, and empowerment of Black people. They are working to spark the creation of a global grassroots network of self-help groups focused on overcoming the lie of Black inferiority and the emotional legacies of enslavement and racism.

Black Therapists Rock

The Black community is often thought of as an ongoing saga of reliance and incredible strength, and perseverance, in spite of a brutally harsh past. However, the obvious connection between mental health and racial oppression, health disparities, cultural differences, societal factors, poverty and reduced quality of life often goes unspoken.

Thousands of Black people are suffering in the shadows while making every attempt to be seen. Although there is no single narrative, mental health and psychosocial wellness underpin many of the challenges experienced by Black people. Black Therapists Rock has become a movement that is passion about about loudly speaking our varied truths to begin the healing of emotional wounds that are multiple generations deep.

Liberate Meditation App

Liberate is a subscription-based meditation app that includes practices and talks designed for the BIPOC community.

The Safe Place

A minority mental health app geared specifically towards the black community.

"The Safe Place" Is a Minority Mental Health App geared towards the Black Community. African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the rest of the general population. However, many black people still do not wish to seek professional help for their mental illnesses. The Purpose of the "Safe Place" is to bring more awareness, education, and hope to this serious issue. Not only can the black community benefit from this app, but also mental health professionals, friends, and family, of ALL colors can be better educated on this issue and do a service by directing their black friends, co workers, etc. to the app. All races go through mental illness, but we also can experience it differently because of our race and social backgrounds. "The Safe Place" can also be a great learning tool for mental health professional's to better understand their black patients.

Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself

An article by global health professor Roberta K. Timothy. 

Mental Health Tips for African Americans to Heal after Collectively Witnessing an Injustice

A self-care video by Brandon J. Johnson, M.H.S. 

Witnessing an injustice or violence against someone in our community can be traumatizing and invoke feelings of anxiety and stress. Here are some helpful strategies to combat those feelings and to better take care of our mental health.

Racial Trauma and Self-Care in Tragedy

A resource list for help for racial and LGBTQ trauma and related issues by University of North Texas.

Healing in Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice & Direct Action

A guide by Black Lives Matter Healing Justice Working Group on preparing for action, self-care during an action, and restoration and resilience after an action. 

The Nap Ministry

The Nap Ministry was founded in 2016 by Tricia Hersey and is an organization that examines the liberating power of naps. We engage with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred and safe spaces for the community to rest together. We facilitate immersive workshops and curate performance art that examines rest as a radical tool for community healing. We believe rest is a form of resistance and name sleep deprivation as a racial and social justice issue.

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

We can’t deny it any longer: there is a Black mental health crisis.

This book is an exploration of Black mental health in today’s world, the forces that have undermined mental health progress for African Americans, and what needs to happen for African Americans to heal psychological distress, find community, and undo years of stigma and marginalization in order to access effective mental health care.

This breakthrough book will help you:

  • Recognize mental and emotional health problems
  • Understand the myriad ways in which these problems impact overall health and quality of life and relationships
  • Develop psychological tools to neutralize ongoing stressors and live more fully
  • Navigate a mental health care system that is unequal

Black Women Disability Activists 

Disability Horizons magazine is an online disability lifestyle publication that aims to give disabled people a voice. This particular article is about eight influential black women with disabilities who you should follow.

Eating disorders
Depressed While Black: An online community, blog, and video hub for Black mental health.
Taraji P. Henson's Foundation Providing Free Mental Health Therapy for the Black Community
Inclusive Therapists
Therapy for Black Girls
Heal Haus yoga/meditation
Sister Support Group June 28
Queer and Trans Theraposts of Color network

Trauma, Dissociation, & Racial Trauma in BIPOC

Monnica Williams PhD Racial Trauma Readings Includes Racial Trauma and PTSD Reading List, Critical Papers, Measures and Assessment, Treatment Focused, and more. is a link related to UCONN and has several resources including "Clinical Assessment of Racial Trauma", list of related papers, PTSD in Diverse Populations

NCBI / NIH resource: Instruments Measuring Perceived Racism/Racial Discrimination: Review and Critique of Factor Analytic Techniques

Race and Trauma Resource List from the APA resources:  scroll down to see a list of three journal articles including "Perceived Everyday Discrimination" re Depressive symptoms and treatment suggestions, also the relationship between training and treatment.  

"Radical Hope in Revolting Times: Proposing a Culturally Relevant Psychological Framework" Mosley, Neville, et al Social and Personality Psychology Compass Dec 2019

More literature to be uploaded soon!

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Antiracism Resources for Therapists

Building a Counseling Psychology of Liberation: Exploring Liberation Principles in Our Own Lives APA Division 17
Interview with Resmaa Mandekam
How to support victims of racism and how to become anti-racist, Dr. Nicole Christian Bratheaite, MD 
A Courageous Presence with Racism, Tara Brach - an interview with Black therapist Dr. Jennifer Mullan re how she treats Protest Trauma
The Link Between Racism and PTSD| Dr. Monnica T. Williams, Psychology Today
Uncovering the Trauma of Racism: New Tools for Clinicians| Dr. Monnica T. Williams, Psychology Today
The Trauma of Racism| New York University Silver School of Social Work
Understanding Racial Trauma-Informed Interventions| Alexandra Pajak, LCSW, Social Work Today
Anti-racism resources for social workers and therapists
Racial Identity Development Beverly Daniel Tatum
Healing Centered Engagement
From Cultural Competence to Antiracism Dr Thema Bryant-Davis
Racial Injustice and Trauma: How Therapists Can Respond
New Concept for Healting
Whiteness on the Couch
Culturally Rooted Approach to  Trauma
Building an Inclusive Practice
Addressing White Privilege in Session with Pat Ogden
Watch what we do not what we say: White allies centering liberation to dismantle white supremacy APA Division 17

White Therapists: Here's What Your Black Colleagues Want You to Know

·         The First Step in Eradicating Racism: Face Yourself

·         Racial Microaggressions, Whiteness & Feminist Therapy (Journal Article)

·         Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice (Journal Article)

·         Addressing Whiteness, Racism, Injustice in Psychotherapy (Journal Article)

·        More than being against it: Anti-racism and anti-oppression in mental health services

·         Tips on How to Address Race with Clients

"An Essential Reading Guide for Fighting Racism"

 How Do White Female Therapists Address Racism?

Boston and Racism

Podcasts & Social Media

Seeing White
Rerooted Podcast 
Trauma Therapist- Racial Trauma with Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis
On Being interview Resmaa Menakem 
Decolonizing TherapyInstagramandTwitter: Resources on healing ancestral trauma compiled by Dr. Jennifer Mullan, clinical psychologist and community organizer.
Melanated Social WorkInstagramandpodcast: Mental health resources, information, and discussions created and curated by four men of color in the social work field.
Sonya Renee Taylor, radical self love 
Leesa Renee Hall, antibias facilitator and 
Rachel Cargle public academic and 
Good Ancestor podcast 
13th: A documentary directed by Ava Duvernay on how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.
I Am Not Your Negro documentary 
Just Mercy
The Triggered Project


African American sociologist's second book and very worth reading Thick and Other Essays, Tressie McMillan Cottom - 
My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Manekam
The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing by Dr. Anneliese A. Singh.
Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Black Men and Depression by John Head
Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurtingby Terrie M. Williams
Reading List
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Feminism is for Everybody bell hooks

About Robin D'Angelo's

"White Fragility"

You will find this book listed in most of the lists of anti-racism texts.  Many have recommended it.  Here is a counterpoint. Increasingly we also see posts such as "10 things to read before you read White Fragility", highlighting instead voices of African American authors, or the below point of view.  This speaker used to recommend White Fragility until she saw the results of how people used it after reading it in her community.  She points out that White Fragility still comes from a white centered point of view, and gives a recommendation of where to start instead, which is a history-based podcast.  

Kim Crayton on why she no longer recommends White Fragility -

Just a note, you will need to click to unmute.

She recommends Scene on Radio Season 2: Seeing White - here is a link but you perhaps can find on your podcasts app more effectively.

Children's Books on Racism

The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levian.

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America by Emily Easten

Change takes courage. Introduce your young activist to America's most influential protesters in this lushly illustrated picture book. Stand beside contemporary groundbreakers like Colin Kaepernick and transgender teen Jazz Jennings, and march in the footsteps of historical revolutionaries such as Harriet Tubman and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This moving text opens with a foreword from a Parkland shooting survivor and is perfect for those not quite ready for Little Leaders and She Persisted.

Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatsu

Seven years before Brown v. Board of Education, the Mendez family fought to end segregation in California schools. Discover their incredible story in this picture book from award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh.

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.

Resist: 35 People Who Rose against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers

A perfect tool for young readers as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow, Veronica Chambers’s inspiring collection of profiles—along with Senator Cory Booker’s stirring foreword—will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for what’s right.

Little Legends and  Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.

The Day You Begin By Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

Brown Girl Dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Not My Idea by Anastasia Higginbotham

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness is a picture book about racism and racial justice, inviting white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it's real, and cultivate justice.

All the Colors We Are/Todos los colores de nuestra piel: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/La historia de por qué tenemos diferentes colores de piel by Katie Kissinger.

Celebrate the essence of one way we are all special and different from one another—our skin color! This bilingual (English/Spanish) book offers children a simple, scientifically accurate explanation about how our skin color is determined by our ancestors, the sun, and melanin. It’s also filled with colorful photographs that capture the beautiful variety of skin tones. Reading this book frees children from the myths and stereotypes associated with skin color and helps them build positive identities as they accept, understand, and value our rich and diverse world. Unique activity ideas are included to help you extend the conversation with children.

Children & Anti-Racist Parenting

Talking to Kids about Racism Part 1
Talking to Kids about Racism Part 2 w Beverly Daniel Tatum
An Anti-Racism Conversation for All of Us with Dr. Jennifer Harvey
Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News: A conversation between Kenya Hameed, PsyD and Jamie Howard, PhD of Child Mind Institute.
The Conscious Kid: An Instagram account and Patreon site with information on parenting and education through a critical race lens.
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X Kendi

Actions in Solidarity with Black Lives

Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives
Anti-Racist Education, Trainings & Webinars
Training July 10 
Radical Dharma with angel kyodo william July 25
Weekly drop-in processing group for white therapists
Resmaa Menakem Free Racialized Trauma Course
Anti racist resources 
White Awake
TRACC (trauma response and crisis care) for Movements
Education for Racial Equity
Racial Equity Tools
National Museum of African American History and Culture
White Ally Toolkit
Native Land Map
Decolonizing is for Everyone Ted Talk by Nikki Sanchez
Latinx Therapists Action Network
Decolonizing the Mind Dr. Michael Yellow Bird
White supremacy culture in organizations 
Racism & COVID-19
Mental Health Focused BIPOC-led Organizations for Communities of Color
Black Emotional and Mental Health collective BEAM –
Loveland Therapy Fund – provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy
Representation Matters in Social Work: We Need More Black Therapists –
Sharing Hope: Speaking with African Americans about Mental Health – NAMI – “hour-long presentation that can help increase mental health awareness in African American communities…”
Trauma Healing Fund for Black Folks –
The Okra Project serving Black trans people

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