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FYS 101: Support Resources for BIPOC

This guide is designed to support new students to SU.


Civil rights activist, writer, and feminist Audre Lorde coined the term “self-care,” when she proclaimed, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” 

Despite its diversity, the United States has been shaped by a long and entrenched history of racism, marginalization, and oppression. The intergenerational transmission of trauma and the systematic effects of intentional or unintentional racism across individual, institutional, and cultural levels can have significant psychological impacts. Helen A. Neville, a professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies at UIUC, defines racial healing as the policies, actions, and practices which aid individuals and groups to live out their full potential in societies with a history of racial oppression (Towards a Psychological Framework of Radical Healing). 

For people of color, self-care is a compassionate and practical way of working against the negative impacts of racism, marginalization and oppression. By prioritizing your wellness, joy and uniqueness you help change the narrative about who deserves to be taken care of and what is possible for yourself.

Apps and Materials

The Safe Place: Free smartphone app focused on psychoeducation and self-care for minority mental health, geared towards the Black community

Liberate: Free meditation app designed specifically for the BIPOC community and led by BIPOC teachers

Racial Trauma Guide: Virtual guide on coping with racial stressors and being an ally, developed by the EMPOWER (Engaging Minorities in Prevention Outreach Wellness Education & Research) Lab

Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM) Toolkit & Resources

Surviving and Resisting Hate: A Toolkit for People of Color 

Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit (from the Association of Black Psychologists; opens PDF)

Black Mental Health Matters Resources

Mental Health Resources

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN)

  • Mission: increase access to healing justice resources for queer and trans People of Color (POC)
  • Highlights: directory that helps locate QTPOC therapists across the country

Therapy for Black Girls

  • Mission: make mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women
  • Highlights: helps connect Black women with virtual and in-person therapy services, posts weekly podcasts covering topics like mental health and personal development

Therapy for Black Men

  • Mission: provide proactive, multiculturally competent care to men of color
  • Highlights: directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist

Inclusive Therapists

  • Mission: make the process of finding culturally responsive, social justice-oriented therapists simpler and safer
  • Highlights: directory that helps locate mental health providers and programs serving POC, mental health blog postings

Melanin and Mental Health

  • Mission: connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities
  • Highlights: directory that helps locate mental health providers and programs serving POC, podcast covering topics related to mental health

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

  • Mission: remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts
  • Highlights: mental health toolkits and worksheets, journal prompts for wellness, Black Virtual Therapist Network directory that helps locate licensed Black therapist offering telemental health services