Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.

Find a Local NAMI

Personal Stories

Watch our video of Nancy Carter discussing her work alongside Bebe Moore Campbell bringing mental health awareness to the black community, the origins of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and her personal mental health journey as a peer and family member.

Watch our video of Gigi R. Crowder, Executive Director of NAMI Contra Costa County, tell her story as a family member with lived experience advocating for underrepresented communities.

Read Marlena N. Guzman’s story and view her art that expresses her mental health journey as a a peer and family member.

Watch our video of Mykel Gayent telling his story of mental health recovery as a veteran with bipolar disorder and PTSD.

Watch our video of Jessie Wright telling her story as a peer and mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder.


Changing the Conversation About Suicide in the Black Community

Addressing Mental Health in the Black Community

“Depression is not something a black person necessarily grows up understanding. I didn’t until I had to.”

“I Thought Depression Was a White People Disease”: a Conversation with Depressed While Black

Mental Health in the Black Community: Why we can no longer be silent

How Black Millennials Are Shattering Mental Health Stereotypes

4 Ways African Americans Can Tackle Mental Illness

Study: Affluent Black Kids Suffer Higher Rates of Depression


African American Mental Health –

African American Resources from Each Mind Matters

Mental Health America: Black & African American Communities and Mental Health

Therapy for Black Girls: Therapist Directory

Depressed While Black – Online community

Black Women for Wellness