10 mental health organizations that support people of color
Over the past week, mass groups of people have taken a stand against police brutality and systemic racism in the United States through protests (both virtual and in person). These calls for justice follow the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery – among countless other innocent black lives lost – at the hands of police officers. These actions aim to create lasting change that extends far beyond this moment in history.
You may feel frustrated or helpless during this time, but remember that there are a number of ways you can support the cause (note: as a white woman I recognize this is a space I continue to dabble in). ‘learn, and I welcome all comments). In addition to protesting, you can support black-owned businesses, contact government officials, sign petitions, and don’t forget to vote, according to resources provided by the Black Lives Matter Foundation.
For non-Black allies in particular, it’s important to educate yourself through anti-racist work and pass what you learn on to friends and family. Additionally, if you can, consider donating to platforms and initiatives that support people of color.
Meanwhile, and always, mental health resources are also crucial. “For those marginalized people who also encounter relentless vitriol from people who have disagreed with our humanity for centuries, this is undoubtedly wreaking havoc,” said Rachel Ricketts, racial justice activist and healer. As such, consider supporting some of the many organizations that do great work in the area of mental health, in addition to anti-racist groups.