Sharmaine D Barnes, LMFT, CEAP
Racial Trauma Specialist
Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter
– African Proverb (Igbo, Nigeria)
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Working to improve the quality of life within the African American community. Based in Atlanta, Georgia
Addresses issues of homelessness (domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, housing shortage, and unemployment) within the communities in which we live and serve. Based in Brooklyn, New York
This organization is dedicated to the representation of people and projects that address the issues, concerns and celebrations of the African American community. Based in San Francisco, California
American Psychiatric Association The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Jessica Clemons, a NYC-based Psychiatrist, has recently been recognized by Forbes as a leader in making mental health and wellness apart of the current zeitgeist. Dr. Clemons received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and is currently completing her residency training at an NYC based program. While her work is primarily in providing direct clinical care, her mission is to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, particularly in the Black community. Her efforts consists of using social media and community discussions to educate her following which led her to be selected to provide the first live televised therapy session on VH1, “In Session Live: With Dr. Jess”.
Ayana (ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY FOR MARGINALIZED & INTERSECTIONAL COMMUNITIES)
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.
Black Infant Health Program
Main Location: 420 South Wilson Way, Stockton, CA 95201; Phone: (209) 468-2169 or (800) 698-2304; Fax: (209) 468-2072; Email: [email protected]; Eligibility: African-American pregnant women over the age of 18 years of age, who are 30 weeks or less pregnant and willing to commit to attending prenatal sessions and postpartum sessions once baby is born; Fees: None; Services: Black Infant Health is designed to encourage and support a healthy pregnancy, healthy newborn, and women’s health. They provide 20 group intervention sessions (10 sessions prenatally, 10 sessions postpartum) with complementary case management; Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Black Lives Matter was formed in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 and quickly became a national movement to end police brutality. The organization continues to mobilize and amplify national dialogue around state-sanctioned violence.
BMMA was created out of a need to form an entity that can hold space and serve as a platform for Black women-led initiatives that are working to address the issues that impact maternal health disparities and inequities using the human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks across all sectors.
Black Minds in Meditation BMIM provides a space for clinicians and people of color to learn and understand how nurturing the mind through meditation, yoga, wellness, and mental health can ultimately lead to the life one has always wanted.
Black Psychiatrists of America The Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA) was created in 1969. The struggles, social conditions of Black Americans, professional experiences and the barriers faced by black psychiatrists provided the thrust for its creation.
Black Women Birthing Justice is a collective of African-American, African, Caribbean and multiracial women who are committed to transforming birthing experiences for Black women and transfolks. Their vision is that every pregnant person should have an empowering birthing experience, free of unnecessary medical interventions. Their goals are to educate, to document birth stories and to raise awareness about birthing alternatives. They aim to challenge medical violence, rebuild confidence in our ability to give birth and decrease disproportionate maternal and infant mortality.
The Black Women’s Blueprint services black women affected by issues such as sexual violence, abuse and incarceration.
Black Women for Wellness aims to expand healthcare access, reduce toxic hair care chemicals that are prevalent in our community and build political advocacy in California and beyond.
Develops and promotes alternative strategies for educational and career development of black women.
Based in Washington, DC
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2018 by Taraji P. Henson and led by Executive Director, Tracie Jade Jenkins. The foundation is named in honor of Ms. Henson’s father, Boris Lawrence Henson, who suffered with mental health challenges as a result of his tour of duty in the Vietnam War. The Foundation is committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the African-American community by encouraging those who suffer with this debilitating illness to get the help they need.
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is the institutional centerpiece of California’s broad anti-discrimination and hate crimes policy. Born out of a decades-long struggle to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and business establishments, the DFEH has been at the forefront of protecting civil rights in California since its inception. Today, the DFEH is the largest state civil rights agency in the country.
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners and helps their employers comply with state labor laws.
Center for Media Justice (CMJ) Develops and teaches creative, effective, and participatory communications and media activism strategies that support the fight for racial justice, economic equity, and human rights.
Clutter Free Society founded by Angel Richards
Cinnamoms support circle provides a safe space to discuss life, health, and breastfeeding while breaking down barriers and proving that #BlackWomenDoBreastfeed! CinnaMoms gather to form a village of support. They encourage pregnant and breastfeeding women to bring CinnaDads, CinnaGrands, CinnaBabies, and CinnaKids to all of their events.
The nation’s largest online civil rights organization building grassroots political power for African-Americans and working for social change for all people.
Color Magazine: provides premier events focused on empowering professionals of color. They offer unique signature events to address issues in diversity and inclusion. For over a decade, Color has maintained a strong reputation for creating informative content and thought leadership.
Since its establishment in 1971, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has been committed to using the full Constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the federal government to ensure that African Americans and other marginalized communities in the United States have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. As part of this commitment, the CBC has fought for the past 48 years to empower these citizens and address their legislative concerns by pursuing a policy agenda that includes but is not limited to the following:
Women of Color Against Violence Incite works to end violence against women of color through organizing events, conferences, circulating newsletters and strategic political initiatives.
A coalition of more than 200 diverse national organizations working to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.
My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative of the Obama administration, aims to unite and amplify the voices of black men through mentorship.
Melanin & Mental Health was born out of a desire to connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. They are committed to promoting the growth and healing in communities of color through their website, online directory, and monthly events.
They regularly receive inquiries from people across the country asking if they know of clinicians in their area. Because of this they are planning events in cities across the US to help connect clinicians with those potential clients and give more insight about the way these cities are changing the mental health game. If you are interested in Melanin and Mental Health™ coming to a city near you, visit their website, send them an email, and they will work with you to make it happen.
Melanin Meets Mindfulness...Mindfulness, Meditation, and Manifestation. A group for African-American women.
This organization, led by Al Sharpton ,promotes a modern civil rights agenda that includes just and decency for all people regardless of race, social justice for communities, and the improvement of race relations.
Based in New York, New York
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
A champion of social justice, that has fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans would be heard. Based in Baltimore, Maryland
Provides leaders dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice, with a goal of achieving equal justice for blacks and other minorities. Based in Durham, North Carolina
A council of national African American women’s organizations that lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.
Works to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for all people through leadership, education and outreach, membership services, public policy initiatives, advocacy, and enforcement.
The nation's oldest and largest community- based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Based in New York, New York
Open Path Psychotherapy Collective (Our therapists provide affordable, in-office and online psychotherapy sessions between $30 and $60 (between $30 and $80 for couples & family sessions)
Race Forward A public policy institute advancing racial justice through research, advocacy and journalism (it publishes Colorlines)
This organization, led by Jesse Jackson, is a progressive organization fighting for social change as a mighty coalition of workers, women and people of color. Based in Chicago, Illinois
Safe Black Space is the umbrella under which various services are offered to address people of African ancestry’s individual and community reactions to cultural and racial trauma. Currently, it has two main components: Safe Black Space Community Healing Circles and Emotional Emancipation Circles (EECs℠). It will expand to include Safe Ally Spaces and Safe Black Green Spaces: Grandmas Backyard. Detailed explanations of each component are described later and an infographic is provided which shows an overview of Safe Black Space.
Silence the Shame is a non-profit health, education, awareness and advocacy organization. Through community conversations, compelling content and other programs, our goals are to normalize the conversation, peel back the layers of shame to eliminate stigma and provide support for mental health, poverty and youth empowerment.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation.
Stockton NAACP: The NAACP Stockton Branch was chartered in 1931, at a time when African Americans were experiencing discrimination in housing, employment, and access to quality health and education. The NAACP Stockton Branch has made and continues to make a positive impact on the quality of life for the citizens of San Joaquin County.
Sunshine Behavioral Health: Culturally competent substance abuse treatment services
The Innocence Project With multiple branches throughout the nation, The Innocence Project works to exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes by providing free legal assistance.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.