These Mental Health Apps Are Geared Toward People Of Color

The Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community has long dealt with systemic issues and stigmas that make accessing mental health resources difficult. In a current climate rife with increased racial trauma, creators of digital apps that support the emotional well-being of people of color are stepping up.

Ayana App

The Ayana app, founded by Eric Coly, uses detailed questionnaires to connect members of marginalized communities with compatible licensed therapists based on their background, needs and identities. Its therapy packages include daily texting support, phone calls and virtual meetings from more than 200 clinicians.

Shine App

Shine app, founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi, is a self-care app that helps people “rest, heal, and grow through difficulty.” The Black-owned app was created in 2016, but its offerings—including  more than 600 guided meditations, morning inspiration texts, customizable mental health tool kits and community forums—are in higher demand in light of two ongoing pandemics. The company also has a corporate offering for employers to offer to its staff.

The Safe Place

Suicide survivor and mental health activist Jasmin Pierre created an app, The Safe Place, to remove stigmas surrounding mental health in the Black community and provide access to wellness resources.  The app description reads: “All races go through mental illness, but we also can experience it differently because of our race and social backgrounds.” The free resource provides clinical definitions of mental illness diagnosis and allows users to take self-assessments. It also offers self-care tips on how to cope with police brutality, as well as black mental health statistics and open forum discussions.


This UK-based platform, founded by Lara Cena in 2019, is an anonymous listening service. “We provide a safe place where people can speak to someone confidentially, and be listened to,” the website states. App users have profiles that allow people to connect based on similar experiences and share their stories confidentially. The company also hosts weekly Talley Talks every Saturday exploring different topics centered on health and wellness.

Excerpted from “These Mental Health Apps Are Geared Toward People Of Color” by Forbes contributor and owner of Teen Talk Therapy Practice, Jaynay Johnson. Read the full article  in Forbes online for additional mental health app recommendations.

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