This week on Basic Black, we discuss mental health within the Black community. If you or someone you know needs help, please consider the resources below.

Online Resources for Individual Therapy:
Innovative Psychological Services

Ashmont Counseling Services

Therapy for Black Girls

Samaritans: (877) 870-HOPE (4673)

ULifeLine: Text "START" to 741-741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

National Alliance on Mental Illness- Massachusetts: 1-800-370-9085

If you are interested in learning more about mental health in Black communities, these books provide an excellent primer.

Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis among African Americans
Author: Alvin F. Poussaint & Amy Alexander

Black Men and Depression: Saving Our Lives, Healing Our Families and Friends
Author: John Head

Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
Author: Terrie Williams

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education
Author: Mychal Denzel Smith

72 Hour Hold
Author: Bebe Moore Campbell

The Bipolar Black Girl
Author: Andrea Elizabeth Paul

Willow Weep For Me: A Black Woman’s Journey Through Depression
Author: Meri Nana-Ama Danquah