CAN Newsletter – July is BIPOC Mental Health Month!
July 21, 2020

CAN Newsletter
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July is Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month!

BIPOC are often faced with years – even generations – of trauma, which translates to socioeconomic disparities and, in turn, is linked to mental health concerns today. Learn more about the #impactoftrauma at mhanational.org/july

By creating spaces in schools that prioritize community and mental health literacy, young people, especially BIPOC students, are able to thrive in safer spaces. Teaching Tolerance offers resources on how educators can commit to reducing stigma and advocating for policy change in schools, not only for the month of July, but year-round.

We know that while we are in the midst of conversations about schools reopening or not, and how we continue to support students in a virtual format, that issues of mental health for all of our students, and particularly for our BIPOC students will continue to surface as a top priority.

Below are just a few resources for additional information and mental health support tailored for BIPOC:

  • Mental Health America’s resources on BIPOC Mental Health
  • The Loveland Foundation: This foundation provides financial assistance to Black women & girls seeking therapy.
  • Therapy for Black Girls: This is an online space encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls; has a referral tool to find a therapist in your area.
  • Therapy for Latinx: A national mental health resource for the Latinx community; provides resources for Latinx community to heal, thrive, and become advocates for their own mental health. 
  • Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA): An organization dedicated to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.
  • Indigenous Story Studio: A Canadian organization that creates illustrations, posters, videos, and comic books on health and social issues for youth.
  • WeRNative: A comprehensive health resource for Native youth by Native youth, promoting holistic health and positive growth in local communities and the nation at large.

Additionally, CAN will continue to add and update the Caring For Your Mental Health and Equity pages in our COVID Resource Center, to continue bringing you up to date and relevant resources.

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