The widespread publication of images of violence against Black people has caused great pain for our Black students and other students of color. These services and self-care resources are geared towards supporting students as they deal with the trama of violence against their communities.
The University Counseling Center offers multiple options for services for UO students in Eugene and elsewhere, including identity-based support. Call 541-346-3227 during open hours to schedule in-person, teletherapy, and consultation appointments, or to speak with a mental health professional immediately. Drop-in services are also available; see website for hours.
The Steve Fund, an organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, has a 24/7 Crisis Text Line. Text STEVE to 741741 to connect with a culturally trained crisis counselor.
BlackLine is a crisis support phone and text line that focuses on supporting Black, Black LGBTQI+, Brown, Indigenous, and Muslim folx, but supports all regardless of identity. Call 1-800-604-5841 to receive support.
Downloadable Toolkits for Healing
The Community Healing Network's Healing in the Face of Racial Trauma toolkit, created by and for people of African ancestry, is available for free download.
The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College has created a Racial Trauma Toolkit to help communities of color manage post trauma symptoms.
Supportive Communities and Therapist Directories
Melanin and Mental Health produces the Between Sessions mental health podcast and offers help finding a therapist of color in your community.
Therapy for Black Girls has a variety of resources for mental health support and help connecting with mental health professionals.
The National Queer and Trans Therapist of Color Network has a directory of providers who identify as queer people of color, and offer financial resources for accessing support.
Black Mental Health Alliance has additional resources, support, and education, as well as another directory of Black psychiatrists.
Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness connects Black womxn across the diaspora to support community and healing through education, resource referrals, and connections.
Other Self-Care Resources
Liberate is a meditation app by and for BIPoC folx. The meditations incorporate social just principals to focus on healing from internalized racism and external systemic racism, microaggressions, and other day-to-day experiences.
Zahra Barnes put together 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in this Country, with people and organizations to follow and things to remember while seeking support.
These self-care tips for Black people who are struggling with this very painful week from Rachel Miller at Vice offers some ideas for relief.