Resources for BIPOC Mental Health Month
July is BIPOC Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the unique needs and experiences of BIPOC communities – Black, Indigenous and People of Color – related to mental health. Whether you identify as a member of these communities or want to be a stronger ally, you’re encouraged to take part in sharing information, resources and support.
Learn and raise awareness
- Watch the Strength Over Silence docuseries. Mental health champions share their candid and courageous stories of lived experience, emphasizing the importance of culture and identity in the mental health movement.
- Throughout July, visit the NAMI Blog for personal stories about how culture impacts mental health.
- Learn about mental health disparities among diverse populations and how racism can affect mental health.
- Call 888-881-LINC (5462) for free, confidential support 24/7 through the university’s employee assistance program, SupportLinc. Professionally licensed care advocates receive ongoing cultural competency training and use a concierge approach for referrals to ensure that providers meet your clinical and cultural preferences. Visit iu.mysupportportal.com to access additional services and resources including text therapy and digital group support.
- Contact the Office for the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs for advocacy, support and resources for minority and underrepresented students, faculty and staff.
- Attend a webinar to learn how to get help for someone who may be thinking about suicide: Suicide Awareness – Know the Behaviors, Help Save a Life.
- Visit the University Graduate School’s trauma resources site.
- Learn how identity and culture can influence perceptions of mental health conditions, and how to find culturally competent care.
- Find mental health resources and suicide prevention resources focused on supporting BIPOC communities.
- Take an online screening test to see if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
- Call 800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Starting July 16, the Lifeline can be reached by dialing 988 from anywhere in the U.S.