35 Mental Health Resources for Musicians and BIPOC
Silence The Shame is an initiative founded by music industry veteran Shanti Das. Sharing her own experience growing up without her father who was a victim of suicide at an early age, Shanti hopes to peel back the layers of shame and stigma surrounding mental health with the help of her organization through community conversations, compelling content, and outreach programs.
Backline was created to provide easy access to preventative care and crisis management services for the music community by connecting music industry professionals to a network of trusted organizations and care providers that understand this line of work. In response to the increasing anxiety surrounding coronavirus, Backline has launched the Come Together: COVID-19 Crisis Initiative, which includes bi-weekly support groups, meditation, breathwork, yoga, and other virtual experiences to support the music industry during these times.
The Recording Academy’s charity MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical, and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. They have recently established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Music is always there for us. We’re here to support the ones behind it! This #GivingTuesdayNow, we ask you to join us in our mission to keep the music community alive during this global #COVID19 pandemic. For a limited time, @spotify will match 100% of your donations to @musicares. Link in bio. ❤️ #MusiCaresForUs
The Wishart Group was founded by Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos to create and house nonprofit and for-profit services and build programs for musicians to develop solutions for communities in need, such as donating intellectual property and revenue streams to institutions. Changing the tune, The Wishart Group is encouraging artists to speak up and encourage one another with services that directly impact artists.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are with illness, disability, or age-related problems. They have created a program to support musicians affected by the pandemic. Their DONOR-DIRECTED FUND is available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus.
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If you want to help musicians and music industry workers during this turbulent time, or if you yourself are in need of assistance, please visit our COVID-19 Fund @ Sweet Relief for a list of resources and info on how to get or give help.⠀ ⠀⠀ www.sweetrelief.org/covid-19-fund
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BIPOC Mental Health Resources
Melody Li, FMFT, developed Inclusive Therapists hoping to create a place where individuals of a wide range of backgrounds could go to find transparent and value-based inclusive care. In an attempt to reduce the impact of COVID-19, they are offering reduced-fee virtual therapy.
BEAM is a training, movement building and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black and marginalized communities. They work to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing, through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
Sahaj Kohli founded Brown Girl Therapy so that those who hail from immigrant backgrounds—especially South Asians, first-gens, hyphenates, and women of color—had a place to learn more about therapy and identity exploration.
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPOC). It was founded by Erica Woodland in 2016 (and inspired by the QTOC, which was founded in 2009) to increase access to healing justice resources for QTPOC.
The Loveland Foundation provides financial assistance and access to culturally competent therapy and services for black women and girls nationwide.
QTPOC Mental Health is a grassroots trans-led organization with the stated mission of “creating online and offline spaces for trans & queer people of color to practice being their whole selves” founded by Dom Chatterjee. QTPOC Mental Health exists to “connect trans and queer people of color to resources, including each other, and create online and in real life support.”
The Asian Mental Health Project, founded by Carrie Zhang, exists to prevent Asian individuals from the fear and guilt that are often associated with mental illness. By increasing dialogue via storytelling and helping spread support resources with mental health professionals, they make it easier for Asian folks to be open to the idea of mental health support and treatment.
For a comprehensive list of BIPOC mental health resources, we found these compilations the most helpful: 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country – Self Magazine
Black Lives Matter. Black Mental Health Matters Too – To Write Love on Her Arms
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or contact Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.