Supporting Mental Health for BIPOC Students

July is “Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness Month,” known this year as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and LGBTQ+ Mental Health Month. During July, mental health organizations and advocates all over the country have been highlighting the experiences of people of color and LGBTQ+ people who have been faced with the challenges of mental illness.

In the United States, up to 1 in 5 children in school experience or have experienced mental health concerns. Nearly 70% of adolescents with mental health concerns don’t receive the care they need, and due to stigma and lack of access, this statistic affects students of color and other students who are marginalized at a higher rate. As BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Mental Health Month comes to an end, it’s important to take the important steps to continue to support students who are marginalized throughout the rest of the year and beyond.

Here are some resources to educate yourself and your students in order to help support the mental health of BIPOC students all year long:

TED Talks to Watch

Books to Read

Online Resources to Visit and Share

Along with educating yourself and your students to understand and support BIPOC students, it’s also crucial to practice antiracism all year long in order to set a standard in your school or district. Students of color are faced with the emotional trauma of racism every day, and this weighs on their mental health over time. Creating a safe, antiracist environment in which BIPOC students feel safe and supported is the first step in helping to improve the mental health of these students.

For all students who are in need of direct mental health support, LearnWell’s team of independent clinicians offer support and counseling services for patients with common diagnoses of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders in partnership with mental health facilities and K-12 educators.

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