Books & Articles

Bahrampour, T.  Therapists say African Americans are increasingly seeking help for mental illness (accessed June 2015)

Brown, Diane. (2003). In and Out of Our Right Minds: The Mental Health of African American Women. Columbia University Press; 1st edition.

Cabrebra, Natasha. (2011) Latina and Latino Children’s Mental Health. Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Ford, Matt. America’s Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail. (accessed June 2015).

Head, John. (2010). Black Men and Depression: Saving our Lives, Healing our Families and Friends. Harmony Press.

Huebner, D. (2006). What to Do When You Grumble To Much. Magination Press of the American Psychological Association.

Metzner, Jeffrey. Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness in U.S. Prisons: A Challenge for Medical Ethics, J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 38:1:104-108 (March 2010)

Mather, C.L. (1994). How Long Does it Hurt? A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, Their Friends, and Their Families. Jossey-Bass

Picot, I. (2016). “They Do The Work of Loving Every Day”: Cherishing Single Black Mothers.

Rothschild, B. (2010). 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-Charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing (8 Keys to Mental Health). W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition

Vanzant. I. (2001). Yesterday, I Cried. Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving. Touchstone; 1st edition

Ward, Earlise. African American Women’s Beliefs About Mental Illness, Stigma, and Preferred Coping Behaviors. Res Nurs Health. 2009 Oct; 32(5): 480–492.

Wright, L.B., & Loiselle, M.B. (1997). Back On Track: Boys Dealing with Sexual Abuse. Safer Society Press

Therapy Apps

On Android and iOS


Sometimes, all we need to de-stress is take a few deep breaths. Created by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, this app teaches users how to do diaphragmatic breathing. Features include educational videos on the stress response, logs to record stress levels, and customizable guided breathing sessions. (Free; iOS and Android)


eCBT calm

Implementing some of the many strategies of cognitive behavioral therapy, this app helps users assess their stress levels, practice mindfulness and relaxation skills, and connect their thoughts to feelings and behaviors. The end result is more calm in your everyday life and more awareness of your actions and emotions. ($0.99; iOS)


Want to kick negative thoughts, nix worry, and dial down stress? The array of engaging games, activity suggestions, and gratitude prompts makes Happify a useful shortcut to a good mood. Designed with input from 18 health and happiness experts, Happify’s positive mood-training program is psychologist approved. Even cooler? Its website links to bonus videos that are sure to make you smile. (Free)

How Are You

Tracking your moods can help you fight the blues and teach you to tune into positive things. That’s the premise behind this app. But as a bonus, it also allows you to compare your mood with worldwide averages, see which emotions you feel the most, and export your mood tracking data so you can share it with a mental health professional or trusted friend. ($9.99-$12.99; iOS and Android)

Downloadable Resources

7-Minute Self-Care: Relaxation & Meditation Techniques

Coloring Pages