Social Media can sometimes feel like the “bad place”: a never-ending cycle of comparison and feeling left out. And while apps like Instagram can be entities that negatively affect our mental health, they sometimes can serve as resources too. Mental Health Instagram accounts are increasingly popular and can offer an accessible, safe space to get digestible information on mental health and resources. Here are several that are specifically tailored to Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).
- Therapy for Black Girls: @therapyforblackgirls
- A resource site with thousands of Black therapists that offer in-office or virtual services.
- Therapy for Black Girls also has podcasts, an internet community space called Sister Circle (requires a small monthly fee), and much more.
- Inclusive Therapists: @inclusivetherapists
- A group dedicated to being inclusive of all identities. They periodically offer funds to support free mental health care for BIPOC
- Black Mental Wellness Corp @blackmentalwellness
- A DC based group that aims to destigmatize mental health. They also provide a list of mental health resources for the Black community here
- Latinx Therapist Network: @latinxtherapy
- Offer a directory of Latinx therapists along with bilingual podcasts
- Steel Smiling: @steelsmilingpgh
- a Pittsburgh collective working to improve awareness and access to mental health resources. They have trained community advocates and introduced a Black Mental Health Fund to support access to therapy.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and that these accounts are not a substitute for therapy. However, they can serve as great resources and a welcoming online space.
Do you know of/follow these accounts? What are other social media accounts for BIPOC do you recommend?