Black /African American Resources

NAMI SF Community Liaison 

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Sharon Thompson   
(415) 763-8705               sharon@namisf.org

Sharon had spent the majority of her career traveling internationally and nationally as a corporate meeting and event planner, when the 2020 pandemic brought her work to a standstill. During a severe depressive episode, a lightbulb came on and she felt moved to find an opportunity to serve and find work that was more meaningful to her life and regain  hope and healing. Because many family members, including herself, struggle with moderate to severe mental health issues, discovering NAMI SF, became the obvious choice to start that journey and she decided to volunteer by facilitating the

BIPOC and Peer  Support Groups and found healing through the service of sharing her story, as well as offering support to others. She is honored to have gained the opportunity to fulfill a higher role as Black/African-American Community Liaison.

 

Support Groups

Our peer support groups are free and confidential. They offer  understanding, encouragement and hope for individuals  individuals (18+).

Black Minds Matter Support Group

Weekly on Fridays 6:00- 7:15pm PT

Black, Indigenous, People
of Color Support Group

Mondays 6:00 - 7:15 pm. PT on Zoom                                                         

Educational Resources

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collection (BEAM)
Group aimed at removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
Black Mental Wellness
Provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, as well as training opportunities for students and professionals.
Ourselves Black
Provides information on promoting mental health and developing positive coping mechanisms through a podcast, online magazine and online discussion groups.
NAMI National Black & African American Resources:

Black Mental Health Summit

This recording of the NAMI SF sponsored Black Mental Health Summit: Black Mental Health and Contributing Factors, features a conversation between experts; Jaseon Outlaw, Ph.D. and Ricka L. White-Soso, MSW, LCSW, BIP, CEAT.  The conversation is facilitated by Tamuri Richardson, a leading Black mental health advocate in the Bay Area, a mental health peer, and professional speaker and author.

Self-Care For People Of Color

We recognize that many mental health conditions are being triggered as a result of the coronavirus, the economic crisis and repeated racist incidents and death.
Learn more about mental health conditions including anxiety disordersdepression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Article on coping with anticipatory grief
  • Article on coping with traumatic stress
  • Article on Racial Battle Fatigue
 
 
 
Find a Practitioner
Therapy for Black Girls:
An online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Offers listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls, an informational podcast and an online support community.

Melanin and Mental Health
Connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. Promotes the growth and healing of diverse communities through its website, online directory and events.


Black Mental Health Alliance
(410) 338-2642
Provides information and resources and a “Find a Therapist” locator to connect with a culturally competent mental health professional. 

Therapists of Color

Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund
With the barriers affecting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic and racial groups, the Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy nationally.

Family Paths
Formerly Parental Stress Service) A non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provides a number of mental health and supportive services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families in Alameda County of the San Francisco Bay Area. Services include a 24-hour Parent Support Hotline, a Foster Parent Advice Line, CalWORKs Case Management, Positive Parenting Classes, and Family Yoga. They also provide counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families.

Advocacy Organizations

Black Women’s Health Imperative
Organization advancing health equity and social justice for Black women through policy, advocacy, education, research and leadership development.
Brother, You’re on My Mind
An initiative launched by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and NIMHD to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect Black men and families. Website offers an online toolkit that provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters with the materials needed to educate fellow fraternity brothers and community members on depression and stress in Black men.
The Steve Fund
A organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.
Black Men Heal
Limited and selective free mental health service opportunities for Black men. 
 
 

Literature

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The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health:
Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve
Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit
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Black Mental Health Matters:
The Ultimate Guide for Mental Health Awareness in the Black Community
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Urban Trauma: A Legacy of Racism