• Kadija Phillips

Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Therapy Appointments

In the African American culture and other minority cultures therapy is viewed as taboo. Maintaining a strong mental health is vital and some of the things that you may have been through were normalized but may not be normal. Seeking therapy can sometimes come with a certain stigma, but seeking wholeness is essential. People who seek therapy are called names such as crazy, mental, and other slurs used to discourage others from seeking help.

Negative views are the complete opposite of the benefits that seeking therapy can bring. Therapy is a powerful tool that allows an unbiased person to assist you unravel your feelings and experiences. Therapist can help you better understand your behaviors as well as help you deal with a person that may be causing difficulties in your life. Therapists are in their profession to help. Not all therapist are the same, so finding someone who is right for you is important and even if the first therapist doesn't work out, don't get discouraged, let it empower you to keep searching. Therapists help hold you accountable for your actions, so finding someone who has the best delivery will be key.

  • Most jobs have access to free counseling through EAP (Employee Assistance Program) contact your HR and utilize this resource.

  • NAMI HelpLine: Call (800) 950-NAMI (6264) Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm ET for mental health resources or email

  • Crisis support resources Crisis Text Line: Text “NAMI” to 741741 to chat with a trained crisis counselor * Free 24/7 text line for those in crisis (English only)

  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call (800) 985-5990. Press 2 for Spanish language support [En Español]. * Provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call (800) 273-TALK (8255) * If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7

  • The Trevor Project Resources: Call (866) 488-7386, Instant Message a counselor on their website, or text “START” to 678678 24/7 * LifeLine: Call (877) 565-8860 24* Trans LifeLine is a trans-led organization that connects trans individuals to support, community and a variety of resources

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