Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
Are You Looking for Support? You're Not Alone
Research has shown that BIPOC groups are less likely to have access to mental health services and less likely to seek out treatment, but are also more likely to review low or poor quality of care and to end services early.
Find a Therapist Who Understands You
Lack of cultural understanding may contribute to underdiagnosis and/or misdiagnosis in black people, indigenous people, and people of color. Factors that contribute to these misdiagnoses include language differences, stigma of mental illness among BIPOC communities, and cultural presentation of symptoms. Due to the unique challenges experienced within BIPOC communities, it’s important to work with a therapist who understands your world — someone who has made a point of becoming culturally competent, gets the unique aspects of your background, and is equipped to support your mental health.
Start your search today! When you find therapists that resonate with you, reach out for an initial consultation to discuss your mental health concerns and goals. Initial consultations are a quick and cost-free approach, especially helpful when searching for a therapist that understands your community. Remember, you don’t need to be in a crisis to get help.
If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, you can always call 911 and go to your local emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.