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Mental Health Resource List

Self Care Strategies:

Start today taking small steps for better mental health!

Get moving! Stretch or take a quick walk, any form of physical activity
can help to immediately improve mental health.

Prayer, Meditation, Mindfulness: Take a moment to reflect on what you are
thankful for, what you are looking forward to, or what you are proud of;
slow deep breathing helps too.

Create: Let your creativity flow, whether it be through music,
art, cooking, let that be your outlet.

Let’s Keep the Conversation Going!

“The Blackout on Mental Health,” a group dedicated to continuing the conversation on mental health
in the black community, will hold future events and discussions.

To learn more and join the conversation,
email: TheBlackoutOnMentalHealth@gmail.com

Media/Weblinks
"The Safe Place,”

“The Safe Place” is a free minority mental health app for the black community to help raise awareness and provide education. The app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices and for those age 17 and up.

“The Safe Place” can also be found on Instagram @itsthesafeplace

"Therapy For Black Girls, Thriving at every stage of life

“Therapy For Black Girls” is an online resource dedicated to the mental wellness of  black girls and women.
The website includes a podcast which covers various mental health topics you can utilize via online and the podcast app.
“Therapy For Black Girls” can also be found on Instagram @therapyforblackgirls

"Therapy For Black Men,” Strength Still Needs Support

This website is an online resource dedicated to the mental wellness of black men
and
boys. “Therapy For Black Men” can also be found on Instagram @therapyforblackmen
This is not an exhaustive list of resources. Contact a healthcare provider for additional support.
"Fireflies Unite,” Bringing Light Into Darkness

  • “Fireflies Unite” is an online resource dedicated to sharing stories of individuals who live and thrive with a mental illness, especially in communities of color.
  • The website includes a podcast and blog posts to raise awareness and encourage individuals to seek treatment.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

  • The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is dedicated to ensuring that individuals receive access to and quality to mental health care.
  • DBSA also provides online and in-person support groups for individuals living with a mood disorder as well as friends and family.

Local Resources in Allegheny County

 Re:solve Crisis Network: 

  • Dial 1-888-7-YOU CAN (1-888-796-8226) Re:solve Crisis Network provides 24/7, mental health crisis intervention and stabilization services. You can call re:solve any day, any time, for any reason. They offer telephone, mobile, walk-in, and residential services.

Psychology Today:
www.psychologytoday.com

  • The Psychology Today website includes a search feature to help find mental health therapists in the Pittsburgh area.

Steel Smiling:
www.steelsmilingpgh.org  

  • The nonprofit organization “Steel Smiling” bridges the gap between community members and mental health support through education, advocacy and awareness.

Allegheny County Department of Human Services:
www.alleghenycounty.us/human-services

  • Provides programs and services to meet basic needs such as health insurance, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, disabilities, LGBTQ, and more

The SOVA Project:  “Supporting Our Valued Adolescents, a place to learn, share your strength, be positive and grow”
sova.pitt.edu/category/links

  • SOVA presents articles, blog posts, resources and the opportunity to interact on the moderated site. A corresponding site for parents, Wise SOVA, is also available.

The Steeltown Reel Teens Town Hall: 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LLs1-MidFQ

Information on Medical Assistance (aka Medicaid):
www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/healthcaremedicalassistance

Helps pay for health services (determine eligibility via phone, online, or in person)

National Resources

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1-800-273-8255
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

  • 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or a loved one, and best practices for professionals

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators:
nbcsl.org/about-us.html

  • Network of African American State Legislators advocating for public policy innovation affecting the African American community and other marginalized groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
www.nami.org (Local Chapter: www.namikeystonepa.org)

  • The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness

The Steve Fund:
www.stevefund.org

  • dedicated to supporting mental health and emotional well-being for students of color

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation:
www.borislhensonfoundation.org

Their vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community

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