Top 5 Resources To Turn To For Black Mental Health

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Wellness visionary & inspirational speaker, author of Let Your Fears Make You Fierce, & Founder of The Get Loved Up Community. My core mission is to promote daily self-care, oneness & eco-friendly living.

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With the care for your well-being as my inspiration and with bringing more awareness about black mental health as my mission, I’m featuring my favorite black mental health experts and sharing their advice on topics ranging from trauma to healing. These resources will educate and encourage you to seek professional advice relating to your mental health and wellness journey.

My Top 5 Resources for Black Mental Health

1. Marline Francois-Madden, LCSW – Therapist, Wellness Speaker, and Author of “The State of Black Girls”

“Policy-Facing” Therapist, Francois-Madden’s expertise consists of:

  • 15+ years of dedicated practice within the psychological and therapeutic space
  • Elevating black women’s voices to nurture experiences and process trauma
  • Finding a safe and authentic space in your mental health journey
  • Creating self-care moments in your daily schedule

Don’t overbook yourself. Set some time in your schedule for yourself. Start small.” ~Marline Francois-Madden

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2. Jessamyn Stanley – Author, Yoga Teacher, Entrepreneur, and Advocate

Stanley is an internationally acclaimed leading voice in wellness who advocates for:

  • The acknowledgement for self-acceptance
  • Dealing honestly with suicidal thoughts
  • Healing your body and mind through different forms including yoga
  • The difference between appropriation and appreciation
  • Strengthening the community for lasting change
  • Trauma as part of our overall health

That word, yoga, it literally just means ‘to bring together’. It doesn’t mean postures, it doesn’t even mean breathwork or meditation. And so in life, we’re always bringing things together. And we’re specifically bringing things that on the surface don’t look like they go together.” ~Jessamyn Stanley


3. Dr. Mariel Buqué – Psychologist, Holistic Mental Health Expert, and Sound Bath Meditation Healer

A Columbia University-trained licensed psychologist and professor, Dr. Buqué’s teachings include:

  • Healing wounds of intergenerational trauma, holistic mental wellness, and centering indigenous healing practices
  • Building a positive relationship with yourself 
  • The connection between depression and trauma
  • Making self-care a lifestyle rather than a practice
  • Improving your relationship with yourself
  • The meaning of a healing season and how to practice it
  • The importance of body-based practices (trauma-informed yoga, sound bath meditation, body scan, emotional freedom techniques, body scanning) to establish a healthy routine

The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. ” ~Dr. Mariel Buqué

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4. Londrelle Hall – Poet, Musician, and Founder of Meditation App: Eternal Sunshine

Hall has listeners from all over the world tuning in to hear him share:

  • How to serve others by doing what we love
  • How to embark on your healing journey
  • The power of forgiveness and how it goes both ways
  • The purpose behind your past pain + how to turn your pain into purpose
  • The power of showing up and choosing your moments

We understand that spirit is sustaining our entire existence, our entire experience without our asking, without our doing. And so, when we step into this place, this space of non-doing and just allowance and surrender, then spirit begins to flow with ease.” ~Londrelle Hall


5. Dr. Rheeda Walker – Clinical Psychologist, Professor, and Author of “The Unapologetic Guide To Black Mental Health”

You can find Dr. Walker on YouTube discussing multiple topics about:

  • How to best protect your mental health 
  • Mental health challenges for the black community

The thing about going moment to moment is that we’re able to give ourselves room to tap into our creativity to come up with alternatives to the big picture.” ~Dr. Rheeda Walker

Hear more conversations on mental health and receive more resources on healing and protecting it by checking out my Get Loved Up podcast on Apple and Spotify.

Let me know in the comments what black mental health experts and therapists you turn to. Maybe you’ll find them in a future Get Loved Up podcast episode.

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