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Virtual Support for the BIPOC Community
this list + these descriptors were compiled + written by Jesse Sparks on @healthy_ish

Dive in Well

Maryam Ajayi founded Dive in Well, an organization offering digital classes on various wellness practices, to create a more inclusive wellness industry. Dive in Well hosts donation-based digital events like breathwork classes and therapy sessions aimed at centering self care.

Sista Afya

This Chicago-based, community-driven organization provides women from across the Black diaspora with low-cost group therapy sessions, workshops, and free online conversations known as Online Sista Support Groups, which cover topics like managing the stress sparked by consuming news.


Founders Darian Hall and Elisa Shankle created this space in Brooklyn to provide accessible and inclusive wellness to their community. HealHaus is currently closed, but their ethos has continued virtually through live streamed classes, including a healing cypher for men of color.

Therapy for Black Girls

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford founded this organization to combat the stigma around therapy that might otherwise prevent Black women from seeking care. Now, TBG has become a successful podcast, a directory that aims to connect women with culturally competent therapists, as well as a private community Facebook support group. The organization holds free group support sessions weekly on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. EST.

The Nap Ministry

Performance artist and poet Tricia Hersey founded The Nap Ministry to champion Black rest as a form of reparations and resistance against burnout culture and capitalism. While she normally hosts free pop-ups where visitors can take brief naps and workshops in the Atlanta area, Hersey has been using Instagram to provide mini sermons about the importance of slowing down and getting more sleep when you’re a Black person fighting oppression day-in and day-out.

Inclusive Therapists

Austin-based therapist Melody Li founded the Inclusive Therapists database to provide therapists with training for racial trauma and connect people of all identities, abilities, and bodies with culturally sensitive care. Li herself, and many other therapists in the Inclusive Therapists network, offer reduced-fee teletherapy options to ensure that financial limitations do not keep people from pursuing care. Decolonizing Therapy and Viva Wellness are two other therapy practices with active online platforms.

Mental Health resources during COVID-19 and Social Distancing!
We've replaced our Events page with a Mental Health page. We've put together a list of online resources to help keep our wits about us during this crazy time in history. We'll be adding resources as we find them. If you have had a good experience with an online mental health care provider please forward their information to us so we can post on this page! - or - DM us on IG @ritualsaustin
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Psychology Today offers a huge list of searchable therapists by area code under their "Find a Therapist" search bar. All therapists are able to add if they are offering Telehealth options. Once you get to the results page you'll see the option for "Phone/video options" to the right of the professionals profile. I have found my last two beyond amazing, life + relationship saving therapists through psychology
TalkSpace and BetterHelp offer therapists via live video, live chat, text message and/or phone sessions. You can read about both services compared in a great article HERE.
 If you are having or have had thoughts of self harm in the past, please take down this number. You can tuck it away in your duct tape wallet or your Louis Vuitton handbag. If you're anxious to call click THIS link for a BuzzFeed article that takes you through what happens when you call a suicide prevention hotline. 
Disaster Distress Helpline through SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. You can also text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. You can call/text this number if you're in emotional distress, need coping strategies or want to find local resources for help.
*more resources added as we find them!
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