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Wellness Guide for Mental Health and Healing: BIPOC

Racial Trauma

The following page has information for understanding the emotional impact of systemic racism and offers a collection of mental health resources for Black, Indigenous, and POC for coping with racial trauma during these difficult times.




Understanding and Healing from Racial Trauma - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Self-Care Tips for Black People Struggling With Trauma - VICE

Friday Fast Facts: Racial Trauma - The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

UofL Organizations

Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA)

The mission of the Black Faculty/Staff Association is “to promote unity, provide support and build community among Black faculty, staff, and students at the University of Louisville. In addition, through advocacy and collaborative efforts, BFSA exists to enhance communication and champion diversity, inclusion, opportunity and social justice—while challenging racism—within the University, with our Black alumni and broader Black community.”

Black Student Union

The mission of the Black Student Union (BSU) is "to stimulate and promote the intellectual, political, social, and cultural health of the campus community as a whole, with a focus on the issues impacting African American students and other underrepresented groups. BSU in the "umbrella" organization of African American student & organizations. They provide a resource clearing house for the social, financial, cultural, and advocacy needs on campus."

Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE)

The Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE) serves as the president’s policy advisor on issues of diversity at the University of Louisville.

UofL Cultural Center

The Cultural Center creates educational opportunities for members of the university community to critically think about their beliefs, values and assumptions as it relates to culture.  Our vision is an inclusive and accepting campus climate free of bias and hate where students, faculty, staff, and alumni work together to create positive change in the campus and local community. 

Print Books

cover - Out of the Fire
cover - The Inner Work of Racial Justice
cover Black Fatigue
cover - Healing Racial Trauma
Speaking from the body cover


cover - The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health
cover - The Racial Healing Handbook

Stories of Resilience

cover - Then the War
cover - Black Women's Yoga History
cover - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
cover - Mama Phife Represents
cover - Body Not My Own
cover - waterbaby
cover - Gumbo Ya Ya
cover - In Spite Of
cover - Light for the World to See
cover - How We Fight for Our Lives
cover - Between the World and Me

What is Racial Trauma?

"Many ethnic and racial groups experience higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as compared to White Americans. One explanation for this is the experience of racism, which can itself be traumatic.

When traumatization is due to experiences of racism it is sometimes called racial trauma. Racial trauma can result from major experiences of racism such as workplace discrimination or hate crimes, or it can be the result of an accumulation of many small occurrences, such as everyday discrimination and microaggressions."  - American Psychological Association - Uncovering the Trauma of Racism

Find a Therapist

UofL Counseling Center

In addition to providing free counseling to all U of L students, the counseling center also offers race-based trauma and anti-racism resources.

The Steve Fund - Crisis Support Line for Young POC

Text ‘STEVE’ to 741741 and be connected to support immediately for students of color feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

Inclusive Therapists

This organization centers on the needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC),2SLGBTQIA+, Neurodivergent, and Disabled communities in finding mental health care that fits individual needs.

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color

This directory is an interactive digital resource that helps QTPoC locate QTPoC mental health practitioners across the country.

Black & African American Therapists

The directory provided by Psychology Today has a search tool that helps users find local Black and African American identified therapists.

Asian Mental Health Collective

Find resources, therapists, articles and more, from the website whose mission is "to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community."

Therapy for LatinX

Therapy for Latinx was created to make the process of finding a help as easy as possible. Search listings to find therapists that honor who you are, provide services with dignity, and can code switch like the best of them.