Founded in 2018, Black Men Heal is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide access to mental health treatment, psycho-education, and community resources to men of color. It was created by licensed counselor Tasnim Sulaiman as a solution to a growing mental health disparity for quality mental health care within Black and Brown communities. Black Men Heal provides solutions by eliminating three major barriers that may prevent access or willingness to step into the larger mental health care system: cost, cultural competency, and stigma. The organization provides free individual and group therapy to men of color. It recruits and hires therapists of color to work with the men and has a unique proprietary matching system that ensures it pairs each client with providers who specialize in, or understand, their unique individual clinical and cultural needs. It also encourages the men to share and normalize their mental health experience with other men in their communities. Its clients become mental health advocates themselves by helping to remove the stigma within Black communities about mental illness.
A 2020 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network sponsored eight free individual sessions for three men in Black Men Heal’s “Cohort 6.”