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Mental health has had a significant impact on the Black community in the US


In the Black community, individuals may feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek help. This can lead to a reluctance to seek treatment or support, which can exacerbate mental health issues.


There is limited access to mental health providers and limited insurance coverage for mental health services. This can make it difficult for individuals to receive timely and effective treatment Black Americans are more likely to experience trauma related to racism, discrimination, and social injustice. This trauma can contribute to mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. The black community is more likely to experience depression and anxiety than other racial and ethnic groups, and more likely to be misdiagnosed with certain mental health conditions or overdiagnosed with others. This can lead to inappropriate treatment or lack of treatment for their actual mental health needs.


It's important to find a resource that feels comfortable and supportive and to seek out assistance when needed. If you know someone that is in need, don’t hesitate to offer help with resources.


Here are some Resources for you to share:


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Mobile Applications for Meditation and Relationship Building


Headspace: Two-week free trial for the general public.

Health Minds Program App: Always free. Meditation and mindfulness skills.

Calm: Seven-day free trial. A meditation, sleep, and relaxation app.

Insight Timer: Always free. This is not a daily app, but rather a great library where you can search for various types of meditations and lengths by excellent teachers.

10% Happier: Free and paid options are available. (Seven days free, then $99 per year.)

UCLA Mindful App: Free. Meditation by Diana Winston.

Mindfulness Coach: Mindfulness Coach 2.0 was developed to help veterans, service members, and others learn how to practice mindfulness. The app provides a gradual, self-guided training program designed to help you understand and adopt a simple mindfulness practice.


Mobile Applications for Anxiety and Depression


Sanvello: A program for reducing stress and treating anxiety and depression that includes a coach or groups.

Meru Health: A program for clinical anxiety or depression that uses an app and therapist, and a biofeedback monitor is optional. Referral from a health care provider is necessary.

Happify: Some free content, including stress reduction and cognitive techniques to address anxiety.

MindShift CBT: Free content, including cognitive behavioral therapy strategies to address general worry, social anxiety, and panic.

PTSD Coach: Created by VA’s National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology. This app provides you with education about post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.

PTSD Family Coach: In conjunction with PTSD Coach, the PTSD Family Coach app is for family members of those living with PTSD. The app provides extensive information about PTSD, how to take care of yourself, how to take care of your relationship with your loved one or with children, and how to help your loved one get the treatment they deserve.

Mothers and Babies Online Course: A well-validated, web-based program for depression (available in both English and Spanish) for pregnant women, new mothers, and those who want to support them.

Spiral Up! Stress Overload App by EBT: Emotional brain training (EBT) turns toxic negative emotions into positive feelings in 1–2 minutes based on a new technology of emotion science (summary at ebt.org). The method’s free app is available at spiralup.org or at your app store as Spiral Up.


Here are some additional mobile apps:


Calm

Price: $14.99 per month or $69.99 annual subscription

Features: Meditations, masterclasses, music, soothing sounds, sleep stories, gentle exercises and educational guides. Calm is a mindfulness and meditation app designed to help you live a more productive, stress-free life. The app offers guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing exercises and relaxation tools to help you wind down and fall asleep.


Headspace

Price: $12.99 per month or $69.99 annual subscription

Features: Meditations, exercises, inspiring wake-up stories, sleep casts, music, audio experiences and courses. Headspace offers various meditation exercises and tools. The app has a 14-day trial period, after which you pay a monthly or annual subscription fee to access the full library of meditations. With the app, you can customize your meditation practice to focus on specific goals such as improving sleep, managing stress or enhancing performance. It also has courses where beginners can learn more about guided meditation.


Sanvello

Price: Free to $8.99 per month

Features: Mood tracking, guided journeys, coping tools, progress assessments and peer support; optional coaching and therapy. Sanvello is a mental health app that offers CBT and meditation therapy exercises to those living with stress, anxiety and depression. The platform features daily mood tracking to help you identify patterns and influences on your mental health. Through peer support, users can connect with others struggling with similar mental health concerns. These community message boards and chat groups are designed to be safe spaces and are monitored for concerning behavior. The app also offers articles and videos on coping with anxiety and depression, managing stress and improving sleep.


Happify

Price: Free to $14.99 per month and up

Features: Assessments, evidence-based mental health exercises, games and progress tracking

Happify is a positive psychology app that offers activities and games to boost your mood and well-being. Each week, you’ll receive new challenges based on your goals, including improving relationships, managing stress or increasing work satisfaction. With Happify, you can track your progress over time and see how your mood improves with regular use of the app. The platform also offers articles and tips on topics such as coping with stress, improving sleep and building positive relationships.


Bearable

Price: Free to $4.49 per month or $27.99 for annual subscription

Features: Mood tracking, symptoms tracking, medication log, activity log, behavior trends, reminders and journaling. Bearable offers tools to help you track your mood, mental health, mental and physical symptoms, medication and more. You can set reminders and sync essential health data from your smart devices. The app also monitors your progress and offers personalized insights and stats so you can better understand how different treatments impact your health.


The B Spot Real Estate cares about you and your loved ones’ well-being. You are your most important investment. The above resources must be independently verified.


Michael K. Joseph

The B Spot Real Estate & Investment LLC

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