The APA has stated for years that women of color are more likely to have a number of socioeconomic risk factors for depression. These include racial/ethnic discrimination, lower educational and income levels, unemployment, and single parenthood. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. The rates of suicidal ideation/attempts among Native American and Hispanic adolescent females are alarming.
These are just a few disparities surrounding mental health in communities of color. Coupled with these statistics is the fact that women of color are less likely to seek treatment for mental illness compared to their white counterparts. Factors that prevent women of color from receiving mental health services include stigma in their communities, socioeconomic status, and previous adverse experiences with mental health services. In order to spread awareness about mental health, race, and risk factors, I have compiled a masterpost of educational links and texts relating to these topics, as well as mental health services and resources. The first step to addressing mental health concerns is the ability to talk openly and honestly about it. Many of the links below are about removing the stigma from mental illness. Feel free to suggest relevant texts and content warnings to keep the list updated.
Content warnings*: suicide, self-harm
WOC, Mental Health, and the Media
Why don’t women of color get to be mentally ill on TV?
4 Black Women Writers Get Honest About Mental Illness And Race
People of Color Discuss Their Experiences with Mental Illness (Video)
People of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project
Don’t We Hurt Like You? Examining The Lack Of Portrayals Of African American Women and Mental Health
Students of color and mental health
Young, Depressed, and Of Color: Why Schools and Doctors Get It Wrong
Students Of Color Aren’t Getting The Mental Health Help They Need In College
Why is the New York Times Rendering the Suicide Deaths of Asian American Students Invisible?
Women of color, aging, and mental health
Older Asian American Women Have Highest Suicide Rate
As Women of Color Age, What Are Their HIV and Mental Health Needs?
Aging Women of Color: Engagement and Place
Queer and trans women of color and mental health
11 Black Queer and Trans Women Discuss Self-Care
Spirit Medicine: Achieving Our Goals While Struggling w/Anxiety or Depression (Ep. 5) (podcast with transcript)
Pursuing Happiness As A Trans Woman Of Color
Transgender women of color: discrimination and depression symptoms
Going To Therapy As A QTPOC, Without Being Harmed, Erased Or Baffled
Additional texts on stigma
The Culture of Mental Health Stigma in Communities of Color
Dior Vargas speaks about the mental health stigma for women of color
The Color of Hope: People of Color Mental Health Narratives (book)
Women of Color Health Data Book
Self-care and coping
Back to the Basics of Self-Care
The Activism of Self-Care: 5 Things to Help You Heal
Therapy for Black Girls (blog & podcast w/ resources)
National Hotlines and Services
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255)
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline – 1‑877‑SAMHSA7 (1‑877‑726‑4727)
List of Mental Health Disorders and What To Look For
Black Mental Health Alliance
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health
*as the list is updated, content warnings can be added to individual articles.