The institutional and cultural barriers preventing QTPoC from accessing mental health services are vast. If the stigma and "tough it out" mentality of many communities of color towards mental health can be overcome, then there are economic boundaries. If the funds can be accessed, then it can be difficult to have access to a health care professional specializing in the mental health needs of QTPoC.
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is an organization actively combatting this mental health crisis by creating a space for LGBT-centered, decolonized healing. Founded in May 2016 by Erica Woodland, the organization assists QTPoC mental health patients and practitioners "increase access to healing resources rooted in social justice and liberation," and "provides technical assistance to social justice organizations to center justice healing in their work." Though based in Oakland, California, the group is comprised of several dozen mental health professionals all over the country.
The economic engine of the NQTTCN is its Mental Health Fund, which is currently in the midst of a fundraising campaign. The Fund "provides supplemental financial support for QTPoC to work with psychotherapists in an effort to address the economic barriers inherent in health care and the mental health system." The group is providing a vital resource for a highly, underserved community.
In case of emergency...
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
GLBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: 212-714-1141 (English and Spanish)
GLBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743
DeHQ: LGBTQ Helpline for South Asians: 908-367-3374
The Workshop @ The EFNIKS Daily is our writing program for young QTPoC writers. Each of the 5 writers identify as QTPoC, and are between the ages of 17 and 22. Program participants receive a $200 stipend for the 60-day program. You can help us build this and other EFNIKS programs by visiting our support page.