It's been a long time coming but self-care is all the rage right now. 

The last few years have brought on an influx of revolutionized practices, sage burning, crystal rubbing, yoni steaming, hiking, meal prepping — you get my point, right? As unusual as the self-care bandwagon may seem, it is certainly the type of popularization that we encourage, especially for Black people. It's important, probably now more than ever, that we take the time and invest in the resources to help us protect our mental health by any means. COVID-19 still running rampant, the nation’s political system is a complete train-wreck, and with the revolving door of violence being directed at Black people by those who swore an oath to protect and serve, now is the best time to implement some serious self-care by preserving our mental health. 

Our unique experiences being Black in America makes finding the right mental health outlets and resources feel like scut work for a year one medical resident — gruesome and tedious but necessary. We can’t simply go to any therapists or meditate with any app; we need things that we can relate to and that will actually be beneficial to our mental wellness journey. Luckily for you, I have taken the reigns and done the dirty work for you. Here are nine Black-owned or operated mental health apps that are sure to help you preserve or restore your mental health.