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Mental Health Resources for BIPOC Survivors

 

More often than not, your mental health is a reflection of your physical health. Specifically, the financial, emotional, and social stresses of the pandemic are compounded for people of color, who are also navigating the impacts of systemic racism.

At Public Allies, we focus on how inclusive leadership builds equity in all forms— including healthcare equity. We understand that not all systems were built for all people, and that this lack of access to culturally relevant and identity-affirming healthcare can lead to life-altering circumstances for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and within the communities that they call home.

For many survivors of sexual violence, finding mental health support is a crucial part of their healing journey, but due to health inequities, mental health care is often inaccessible — or not culturally relevant — for BIPOC survivors. In order to help advocates provide resources on mental health support specific to BIPOC communities, we are highlighting the following list that was compiled by the NSVRC:

 

Validating the Impact of Racism on Mental Health

The day-to-day effect of experiencing racist micro- or macroaggressions has a severe impact on mental health. The following resources validate the connection between racism and mental health:

 

 

Readings on Self-Care & Healing

Star athletes like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka have modeled that it’s okay to take time for yourself and prioritize your mental health. These articles and blogs describe the importance of self-care for healing:

 

 

Organizations & Service Providers

The following organizations provide sexual violence, domestic/intimate partner violence, and/or mental health support for BIPOC survivors:

 

 

Finding a Therapist 

Finding a therapist who is culturally competent and understands how racism impacts mental health can be challenging. These resources provide tips and referrals for finding a therapist or counselor:

 

 


 

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Source: NSVRC – Finding Mental Health Support for BIPOC Survivors