BIPOC and Marginalized Student Mental Health

Mental Wellness

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, your concerns or experiences and how you understand and cope with these conditions may be different.

South Asian Mental Health

Latinx Mental Health

Latinx young adults challenge the stigma around mental illness
The Latinx Mental Health Podcast

Black Mental Health

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Counseling Center recognizes the anger, anxiety, and pain you may be feeling right now. As well as the need for mental health resources and the impact discrimination and hate crimes have on our students. Know that we stand in solidarity with you.

  • 17 Mental Health Resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders -Discrimination, harassment, and violence have a serious impact on the mental health and well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. For example, one study found that 42% of those who had experienced discrimination had anxiety symptoms, 30% had depression symptoms, and 39% had symptoms of traumatic stress. Therefore, it is critical that these communities have access to appropriate mental health resources.
  • Stop AAPI Hate– This website provides incident reporting for hate crimes and latest news.

QTPOC Mental Health

Muslim Mental Health

  • Muslim Mental Health Fact Sheet-The Institute for Muslim Mental Health shares basic mental health education and the connection between mental health and Islam. Misconceptions about mental health in the Muslim community are also discussed.
  • The Mindful Muslim– a space to have open, honest, raw conversations on mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality.
  • MSA National- The Muslim Students Association National serves Muslim students and alumni to facilitate their efforts to establish, develop, and maintain professionally-supported chapters of Muslim Student Associations. Emphasis is placed on the spiritual, religious, and social, civic growth and well-being of students.
  • Halal Guide– The Muslim Students Association National guide of how to achieve Halal food on campus.
  • Kalamazoo Islamic Center- This center provides services to nurture well being. KIC also provides information and lectures about Islam to the non-Muslim community and the media so as to help build bridges in the community for better communication and understanding.

Jewish Mental Health

The Blue Dove Foundation: A Crash Course in Jewish Mental Wellness Values for Your Community
  • The Blue Dove Foundation– The Blue Dove Foundation is working toward advancing conversations about mental illness and substance abuse, eradicating shame and educating the community.
  • RUACH- RUACH Support is a Jewish project that provides nondenominational and inclusive emotional and spiritual (virtual) support that is accessible wherever you are physically, emotionally, financially, or spiritually.
  • HereNow– A teen-led community for mental health and wellness. Created by teens for teens, the HereNow app is a new way for teens to connect with other teens to share their stories and find real answers to their mental health questions and concerns.
  • Ritualwell- An online resource curating progressive, Jewish resources. They offer a supportive online community for those seeking to make Jewish practice their own.
  • We Need to Talk– A youth mental health initiative of the Detroit Jewish community.
  • Beit T’Shuvah is a residential addiction treatment center, congregation, and an educational institute.

POC Parent Resources

Webinars for Families of Students of Color:
Part 1: “Family Help In Coping with Stress Fosters Success of Students of Color”
Part 2: “What to Do? Parental Support for College Students in Distress”
Part 3: “Home for the Holidays. Supporting your Student through Transitions”

Relevant Podcasts

  • You’re Pretty For A– insert ( country, skin color, religion, trait). We’re sure you’ve heard the infamous backhanded compliment and well, we’re pretty tired of it. Three women of color, Londoners. Muslim. Giving you insight issues from a perspective not often heard.
  • Code Switch- Fearless conversations about race. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. This podcast explores how race impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.
  • The Diversity Gap- Stories of the people most impacted by diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. What will it take to close the gap between our good intentions and the outcomes we hope for?
  • About Race– Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.
  • QueerWOC- Join Money and Nikeeta, two Black Queer Troublemakers, on this biweekly insurgent audio syllabus that unites, ignites, and excites the queer women of color community. QueerWOC is a space for queer women and folks of color rooted in reimagining healing, organizing, and community.
  • AfroQueer- A podcast about queer Africans living, loving, surviving and thriving on the African continent and in the diaspora. 
  • LGBTQ&A- An LGBTQ+ interview podcast.
  • MSA National Podcast– The Muslim Student Association’s podcast. Tune in to hear stories from students and leaders across the country.

Resources for Allies

How To Be an Ally