BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals are more likely to face disparities in mental health diagnosis and treatment compared to their Caucasian counterparts. This discrepancy is primarily attributed to various systemic and structural barriers that exist within the healthcare system, cultural stigma, and socioeconomic factors.
In an attempt to fight back against these disparities, July has been designated as BIPOC Mental Health Month. During this time, businesses, educational institutions, healthcare professionals, and community members should take the time to consider what practices can be improved to address and expand mental health care for BIPOC individuals.
Because housing plays a significant role in a person’s mental health, our staff at Options Residential has composed a list of the following mental health resources for BIPOC in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists (MABPsi):
The Minnesota chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists aims to address the psychological needs of the Black community. They offer resources, support, and networking opportunities to Black mental health professionals and advocate for culturally competent mental health care.
- Indigenous Peoples Task Force (IPTF):
IPTF provides a range of services to support the mental health and well-being of Indigenous communities in Minnesota. They offer counseling, support groups, cultural programming, and advocacy services.
- Cultural Wellness Center:
The Cultural Wellness Center is dedicated to promoting mental health and well-being in the African American community. They offer programs that focus on healing, personal growth, and community support.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Minnesota:
While not exclusively for BIPOC, NAMI Minnesota provides resources, education, and support for individuals and families affected by mental illness, including those from diverse communities. They have specific programs and resources tailored to various cultural backgrounds.
- Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES):
CLUES offers mental health services and support to Latinx individuals and families in Minnesota. Their programs are culturally competent and delivered in both English and Spanish.
- Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA):
While not specific to Minnesota, AAPA is a national organization that provides resources and information on mental health for Asian American communities. They have a directory to help find Asian American mental health professionals.
- Black Mental Health Minnesota:
Black Mental Health Minnesota is an online resource that connects the Black community with mental health services, events, and information specific to their needs in the state.
- Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Mental Health Resources:
For LGBTQ+ individuals of color, the Minnesota Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) organization provides a list of mental health resources and support in the state.
Mental health stigmas in addition to racial disparities in healthcare have caused a significant gap in who receives proper care. Raising awareness and advocating for better BIPOC mental health care can start to close this gap and lead to better outcomes for everyone.
If you or a loved one is seeking comprehensive community care through residential services, look no further than Options Residential. Every person, regardless of their race or mental health status, deserves to build a life that makes them feel capable and confident. Sometimes that requires additional support, which is where we come in.
Learn more about the community residential services we offer by contacting us by phone now.