13 Black-Owned Therapy And Wellness Resources To Use When Things Get Heavy

PUBLISHED: Jun 2, 2020 9:39 AM

Can we all agree that 2020 has definitely been one for the history books? From an unprecedented health pandemic sweeping the world and killing Black people at disproportionate rates, to the world now coming together to protest the decades of police brutality and injustice for Black and brown people, this year has been a stressful one and we’re only halfway through.

Things like this can weigh heavily on your mental, physical, and emotional well-being when it is being broadcast on every news channel and social media feed. If you are an empath, times like this can be even more draining as you see and feel so many people hurting.

Whether you are on the frontlines or simply seeing everything unfold from home, you must ensure that you also protect your peace. Taking time to ask “am I okay” is key and finding resources to help you recharge and get back to being your best self is equally important.

To help you out, we’ve curated this list of Black-owned therapy and meditation resources that you can access during trying times.

Ayana

This app aims to match those in marginalized communities with a therapist trained to tackle the issues or hardships they may face day to day. The app uses your unique traits, values, and experiences to pair you with a professional who can help. IG: @ayana_therapy.

Black Girls Breathing

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make no doubt about it — we are witnessing a revolution.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ and our part in this revolution is in recognizing that the inflicted trauma and chronic stress and adrenal gland overload it creates greatly impacts us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ it weighs us down.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ it tires us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ it manifests into disease.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ us doing the work to heal IS revolutionary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ over 80 black womxn have signed up to join us for our finding calm virtual breathwork circle tomorrow at 7pm EST. there is still room to join us — link in bio or visit blackgirlsbreathing.com (registration ends at 5pm EST. and after registration closes, every one is sent the Zoom link and further instructions on joining us). sign-ups after registration close receive the recording the next day (and anyone who signs up received the recording and playlist).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ the collective energy you feel as protests ring out across the country… as we cry out for the world to see… to stop killing us sensely is heavy.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ and if we’re going to continue to do this work, we also must make time to rest.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ as always, our virtual breathwork circles will have no-to-low cost opportunities to join us. june session dates will be posted soon.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ and as allies hit us up to put their resources to use, several slots were donated for tomorrow’s session. those on our email list were notified first (feel free to join us there sis).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ if you’re an ally and would like to contribute to the healing of our community, you can gift sessions to donate by purchasing how many slots you’d like to gift then emailing us at info@blackgirlsbreathing.com.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ our healing and rest is a pivotal part of the revolution sis. don’t forget to fill yourself up.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ here for US.

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This brand and platform focuses on mediation and breath work for Black women and is led by Black women as well. They often host pop-ups but with COVID-19 restrictions, they are offering virtual breath work sessions to help get you through. IG: @blackgirlsbreathing.

Black Zen

Friends Stacy and Jasmine created this online platform for those who allowed financial barriers prevent them from seeking wellness resources. From guided meditation to a wellness podcast, this is something you’ll want to keep on your list. IG: @blackzen.co.

Black Virtual Therapists Network

No matter where you are in the world, finding the right therapist is essential in the start to living well. This website provides a list of licensed Black therapist who are also certified to hold virtual sessions. IG: @_beamorg.

Black Lives Matter Meditation

These guided sessions are hosted by Dr. Candice Nicole, a counseling psychologist and healer. Her focus is racial trauma and the psychological and physiological toll it takes on people of color. IG: @dr.candicenicole.

Black Girl in Om

Based in Chicago, founder Lauren Ash created this online community to allow Black women to simply breath freely. She offers guided meditations as well as other resources on her platforms. IG: @blackgirlinom.

Dive in Well

Founder Maryam Ajayi created this brand to bring more diversity to the wellness industry. You can access resources from people of color in various healing communities. IG: @diveinwell.

HealHaus

This Brooklyn-based business created by Darian Hall and Elisa Shankle, has now pivoted to online classes due to COVID-19. They offer yoga, meditation, as well as workshops and private sessions. IG: @healhaus.

Liberate Meditation

Deemed to be the number 1 meditation app for Black, indigenous, and people of color. Participate in guided mediations with people who look and sound just like you. IG: @liberatemeditation.

Sista Afya

With an aim to sustain the mental wellness of Black women across the Diaspora, this Chicago-based network connects its community with mental health resources around the globe. You can also find merchandise such as coloring books and journals on the website too. IG: @sistaafya.

Therapy for Black Men

Black men deserve resources too and that’s why this network was created. This safe space allows men of color to connect with therapists that are competent to handle and treat any mental health issues they may be facing. IG: @therapyforblkmen.

Therapy for Black Girls

In order to see the best benefits of therapy, it is important to connect with a professional who can also relate to things you face. Therapy for Black Girls works to connect Black women and girls with therapists who look just like them. IG: @therapyforblackgirls.

The Nap Ministry

Take a different approach to your mental healing with this Black-woman created brand. The Nap Ministry focuses on restorative power of the one thing we often times take for granted as adults, naps. IG: @thenapministry.

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