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Communities, Organizations, and Mental Health Resources for Black Professionals

Professional and personal development resources to utilize right now.

Communities, Organizations, and Mental Health Resources for Black Professionals

Starting a career in the current economic landscape is undoubtedly challenging. But between COVID-19’s disproportionate effect on Black Americans to the collective trauma stemming from yet another murder of an unarmed Black person at the hands of police, Black college students & graduates should be receiving as much support as possible right now.


To contribute to that support system, we've rounded up some resources Black professionals can utilize as they begin their careers during these challenging times, from career-oriented communities to professional organizations to mental health resources. See the full list below:


Career Development Communities

These communities and companies offer everything from workshops to networking opportunities to job boards that aren’t specific to one career area. Most offer a free membership tier. 


Black Career Women’s Network

This national organization provides everything from workshops to mentorship to online resources to support the professional growth of Black women, from the entry-level all the way to C-Suite. The site also has a public job board, and basic membership is free. 


Black Female Founders

If you’re interested in starting your own business, this organization is a platform and community dedicated to helping Black female founders get their ideas off the ground. This platform appears free to join, but you have to request membership


The Memo 

The Memo is a career development company providing tools, access, and a robust community for Black women and women of color, and for the companies where they work. This site offers a mix of paid and free programming, but the Slack community appears to be free. 


I’mBlackInTech

This global professional community serves emerging tech startup founders and technology professionals, providing networking opportunities, access to funding, and career development. Basic membership is free.


Black On the Job

This private Facebook group is a network and career development group with regular conversations and discussions on navigating the corporate world. This is a free group to join.


Your Company’s Employee Resource Group or Professional Development Initiatives

If you just started your first job, be sure to ask your manager what kinds of professional development initiatives are available for Black employees. The company might offer mentorship, workshops, or an Employee Resource Group for Black employees. 


Professional Organizations

These career-specific organizations provide networking opportunities, mentorship, access to job boards, and career advice resources. Most require an annual membership fee. 


African-American Marketing Association


Black Data Processing Associates


Blacks in Technology


Blacks In Government (BIG)


National Alliance of Black School Educators


National Association of Black Accountants


National Association of Black Journalists


National Association of African Americans in Human Resources


National Black Nurses Association


National Black MBA Association


National Society of Black Engineers


National Society of Black Physicists 


Organization of Black Designers


The Student National Medical Association



Mental Health Resources

These mental health resources provide mental wellness tips and specific directories for Black individuals to seek licensed therapists who are also Black or trained to be culturally sensitive.


Therapy For Black Girls

This resource is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls and includes a directory of therapists, as well as a podcast and community. 


Therapy for Black Men

This online directory provides a streamlined way to find a Black therapist, while also providing additional mental health resources. 


Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

BEAM is an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide telemental health services. 


Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists is a directory of therapists who are trained to provide culturally sensitive care, and many are trained to work through racial trauma. 


Open Path Collective

Open Path Collective is committed to providing affordable online and in-person therapy sessions, and also offers online wellness classes. 


The Loveland Foundation

The Loveland Foundation is committed to helping people of color, especially Black women and girls, receive therapy by providing funding and access.


Liberate Meditation

Liberate is the #1 meditation app for those who are Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. According to their website, "The app is designed to support BIPOC people on their path to healing by naming and offering resources for common cultural experiences, like internalized racism and micro-aggressions."


Check out these articles for additional mental health resources for the Black community: 

5 Black Mental Health Resources to Fight the Harmful Effects of Racism

7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now

Virtual Mental Health Resources for Black Women

Self-care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling from their Very Painful Week

12 Black Mental Health and Wellness Resources to Follow on Instagram 



RippleMatch is committed to advocating for students from underrepresented backgrounds as they begin their careers, and that includes Black professionals. We stand by you in every step of the way, so know that we are here as a support system.


Aside from these resources, we are always open to helping our students in other ways. If you need direct support, be it additional resources, someone to talk to, or just general advice, do not hesitate to reach out to info@ripplematch.com. RippleMatch is committed to supporting our communities and ensuring no one is alone during these times. 

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