This website is designed to help you get the support you need – no matter how you are feeling. If you’re looking for general support, please click the Mental Health is Health logo in the top left corner and answer the question, “How are you doing?” and you’ll be directed to helpful information and actions based on your answer.
If you are struggling emotionally and need to talk to someone, you can start by talking openly with a friend or family member, reaching out to a mental health professional or using one of the free, confidential resources provided under “SOS” in the top right corner of this website.
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If you’re looking to learn more about the hidden healing traditions from the Black diaspora and take action to support yourself and others, check these out:
1. Sign-up for The AAKOMA Project’s five free virtual therapy sessions if you are between age 13-30 and brand new to therapy. The AAKOMA Project offers resources for Black youth mental health, workshops and tips on navigating intergenerational trauma, and programs to enrich the lives and mental well-being of all members of the Black diaspora.
2. Seek support from Black Men Heal’s online community forums like “Heal With Him” & “Gun Violence Therapy” for open dialogue, health treatment, education, and extensive resources for men of color with a range of lived experiences.
3. Connect with LGBTQ therapists and mental health professionals through the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network to receive the support and counseling you need to flourish without limitation.
4. Utilize the Mental Health Coalition‘s Black Mental Health Guide to learn more about the implications of systemic racism on Black mental health and tips for non-Black people to learn how to be effective allies in times of mental distress.
5. Join the Silence the Shame’s community of young mental health leaders to connect with others and share experiences related to mental health, eliminate mental health stigma, and learn how to reduce health disparities and suicide rates among vulnerable populations in your community.
6. Tour Hey Auntie‘s wellness platform designed to create meaningful connections between Black women and ensure that culturally relevant mental health resources and support at home, work, and everywhere in between are accessible to all. Curated by Black women for Black people.
7. Share your traditions. If you are reflecting on the cultural practices and traditions that have affected your healing journey, consider sharing examples on your social media accounts and tagging @MTV and @HiddenHealers.
Helpful Apps for BIPOC youth:
Alkeme Health app centers the Black experience by providing culturally relevant wellness tools, content, and resources to communities and has dedicated its platform to eliminating disparities within the healthcare system for Black people across the diaspora.
Bring your conversation to life with the Something Good app, a platform dedicated to fostering community amongst BIPOC creatives, visionaries, and future changemakers using interactive voice notes.
The Shine App is a self-care and mental health app that helps you prioritize your well-being and manage stress. With daily mood tracking, personalized coaching, and hundreds of guided meditations and exercises, Shine makes it easy to prioritize self-care and build healthy habits.
Start your journey towards healing and growth with Ayana Therapy, one of the leading Black mental health and wellness platforms that provides personalized therapy and coaching to help individuals live their best lives. With the convenience of online sessions, you can access care from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule.
Poppy Seed Health is a new and innovative approach to healthcare that puts you in control. Our platform connects you with a team of medical professionals, doulas, midwives, and other critical resources to help you manage your health and achieve your wellness goals. From personalized care plans and virtual doctor visits to fitness tracking and nutrition coaching, Poppy Seed Health has everything you need to live your healthiest life.
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Native People’s Resources
If you’re looking to learn more about the hidden healing traditions from the Native community and take actions to support yourself and others, check these out:
1. Reach out to the lifeline in a mental health emergency. If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide or find yourself in a mental health or substance use crisis, dial 988 or text NATIVE or INDIGENOUS to 741-741 for free 24/7 support.
2. Contact the Native Helpline at Strong Hearts (1-844-762-8483) to access culturally-appropriate advocacy to support you during relationship abuse. This is a 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic, dating and sexual violence hotline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
3. Text CARING to 65664 to receive two texts per week from We R Native with funny videos, songs, and messages designed to improve your mood and remind you of just how awesome you are! Sometimes all it takes is a thoughtful text to brighten your day and shift your perspective.
4. Explore the action hub of the Center for Native Youth to host a listening session about Native traditions and culture, provide new resources to support Native youth or nominate a future leader in the Native community.
5. Support your community with Earth Guardians – from advocacy to gardening, art projects, and trash clean up, helping your community can in-turn help you heal and grow.
6. Share your traditions. If you are reflecting on the cultural practices and traditions that have affected your healing journey, consider sharing examples on your social media accounts and tagging @MTV and @HiddenHealers.
What is the Hidden Healers Campaign?
Hidden Healers is a first-of-its-kind digital video series that elevates, uplifts and centers culturally grounded healing practices from BIPOC communities to show how healing can come from many unexpected places, including our own traditions and cultural practices.
MTV’s Hidden Healers campaign aims to empower young people from a diversity of backgrounds to embrace their own accessible and relevant hidden healing practices to help improve their mental health.
This digital series was created in partnership with four young leaders who developed and presented the idea at MTV Entertainment’s Mental Health Youth Action Forum in May 2022, which was hosted at the White House alongside actor and activist Selena Gomez, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.
The first of these digital videos was released in November as part of Native Peoples Heritage Month. For more background on the young leaders behind this exciting new campaign, watch this video:
Meet the Young Leaders Behind the Hidden Healers
Ayanna Kelly, an Afro-Latina veteran and mother who is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusivity, belonging, and accessibility in company culture and HR. She uses her expertise and personal experiences to amplify mental health through her podcast, Sazón y Corazón.
Maddox Guerilla, a visionary social impact consultant from the concrete jungle of NYC who embodies the idea of protopia, the idea that everyday we get to work towards the world we want to see. MADDOX is also co-creator of the first ever direct cash transfer program targeting youth experiencing homelessness.