Therapy for Black Girls Fights Stigma of Mental Health for Women

By: Alyssa Wilson

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and many organizations are using this time to fight stigma and provide support to those battling mental health conditions.  

According to an article written by Dr. Erica Martin Richards, the Chair and Medical Director for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Black women are at significant risk for depression. Her research shows women are at least twice as likely as men to experience an episode of major depression, and African-American women are only half as likely to seek help when compared to their white counterparts.  

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Therapy for Black Girls is a space “developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant,” according to the organization’s website. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, the host of the “Therapy for Black Girls” podcast, aims to make mental health more interesting for Black women by using pop culture to showcase psychological concepts.  

<script async   ="" In addition to the award-winning podcast, the organization also has a blog that discusses various topics, including relationships, motherhood and grief.

Therapy for Black Girls also connects Black women to a therapist in their area and sells products such as audio affirmations, digital coloring books and question cards to help facilitate positive mental health discussions. 

Black women can also join the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle, a community for women to get support. Community membership is $9.99 for a monthly subscription or $99.99 for a yearlong subscription.  

You can find out more about Therapy for Black Girls and donate to the organization here 

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