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Starting Therapy This Year? Here Are 7 Mental Health Resources To Get You Started

When it comes to starting new habits and releasing old ones, our mindset is everything. As many of us embark on a fresh set of goals for the year ahead, starting mindful habits like therapy can be a powerful way to enhance our overall well-being and create a positive change in our lives.


Beginning therapy can feel intimidating in the early stages of your research process. We may be worried if our first therapist will be a good match for our needs, be hesitant to unpack the layers of trauma and memories that come with each session, or even be intimidated by the cost of the service.

It can all be a lot to bear in mind, no matter if you’re an OG therapy-goer who’s taken a temporary hiatus or a newcomer to space. Knowing where to start on your mental health journey can be half the battle. That’s why it’s helpful to have resources designated especially for Black women who are looking to take charge of their mental health and make the entry point more seamless.

Whether you’re looking for financial assistance or in need of daily affirmations to remind you that mental health and therapy aren’t so scary, we’ve rounded up the best resources to get you started on your journey to a healthier mind and richer well-being.

Boris L. Henson Foundation

The Boris L. Henson Foundation is a mental health advocacy and support organization founded by Taraji P. Henson, in honor of her late father. The foundation aims to raise awareness about mental health issues, eliminate the stigma associated with mental health conditions within the Black community, and provide resources for mental health support.

Programs and initiatives by the foundation include the BLHF Mental Wellness Support Program (MWSP), which provides individuals and families dealing with life-changing events, daily challenges, and heightened emotional struggles such as stress, anxiety, depression, or feelings of hopelessness with assistance and support on the path to mental well-being for those in need. The program covers five complimentary mental health therapy sessions for those accepted.

Loveland Foundation 

The Loveland Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Rachel Cargle that focuses on providing therapy and mental health support to Black women and girls. The Loveland Foundation was established with the goal of making mental health resources more accessible to Black communities, which often face unique challenges and barriers in accessing mental health care.

The foundation's flagship program, the Loveland Therapy Fund, aims to provide financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy. This fund covers the cost of therapy sessions and works to overcome financial barriers that may prevent individuals from accessing mental health services.

Sad Girls Club

For those looking for a personable introduction to the therapy and mental wellness space, Sad Girls Club just might be the space for you! Sad Girls Club is a mental health community and organization that focuses on providing support, resources, and a sense of community for individuals dealing with mental health challenges. The organization is known for its online presence, which provides inspirational messages, coping strategies, and personal stories related to mental health. They also host events and workshops that focus on mental health education, self-care practices, and creative expression as a means of promoting we

Sista Afya 

Sista Afya is a mental wellness organization based in Chicago, focusing on providing mental health support and resources for Black women. The organization aims to address the unique mental health needs and challenges faced by Black women and offers various programs and services, including support groups, workshops, and educational events.

Black Female Therapist 

Black Female Therapist is a platform designed to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community, create a platform for Black women and men to connect with relatable therapists, and contribute to the mission of fostering mental health support within the community. They also offer mental wellness tips and a thorough therapist dictionary to help you search for support that reflects your needs.

HealHaus

HealHaus is a wellness space based in Brooklyn, New York that focuses on holistic healing and mental health. HealHaus offers a range of services and programs designed to support individuals in their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The wellness collective provides various holistic wellness services at a monthly rate of $10 for a drop-in live online yoga or meditation class, $30 per month for unlimited access to live online yoga and meditation classes, or a 7-day free trial for the HealHaus Live Membership, allowing you to experience a week of grounding, stillness, and peace at no cost.

Brown Girl Self-Care

Brown Girl Self-Care is on the mission to “Help Black women healing from trauma go from ‘every once in a while’ self-care to every day self-care.” With their informative podcast and social media page with gentle reminders and affirmations that speak directly to Black women, this will be the perfect page to add to your feed in the new year.

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