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Venus Williams' Support System Helped Her Cope With Sjogren’s Syndrome — Now, She Hopes To Help Others Have Support With BetterHelp

When it comes to wellness, oftentimes our mental health is neglected in the overwhelming day-to-day routine. Knowing firsthand how prioritizing one’s well-being is the fuel to push forward, Venus Williams has taken action to support individuals from all walks of life in their journeys.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 10, 2022

Taraji P. Henson's Foundation Raises $1M To Offer Free Mental Health Services To The Black Community

The BET Awards 2022 was one for the books — from Diddy pledging $1 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Howard University and Jackson State University to the show taking the No. 1 spot for “Best Performing Cable Awards Show.” Plus, its second-time host Taraji P. Henson had a big announcement herself during one of the culture’s biggest weekends.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 6, 2022

6 Familiar Faces Who Have Made It Their Duty To Advocate For Mental Health

Entertainers and professional athletes are among the groups of people who recognize how critical it is to prioritize one’s mental well-being. From blogs to social media, they are constantly in harm’s way for public scrutiny. Despite the trials and tribulations that arise, there are still examples in the industries of figures who take the negativity and transform it into something for the greater good. Here are six familiar faces who have made it their duty to advocate for mental health.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 11, 2022

Mindfulness App Drift Wellness Introduces New Tech To Improve Mental Health Across The Black Community

The current state of the world has made the act of prioritizing one’s well-being to the top of the list. As previously reported by AfroTech, Digital Park, a Black-owned Brooklyn-based tech startup, launched its mobile app to combat mental stress during the peak of COVID-19. Now, two years into the pandemic, a new version of Drift Wellness has been built to create even more customization for users — an integrated pulse check-in feature. According to a press release shared with AfroTech, the new update measures your BPM heart rate and creates an ambient sound tailored to your pulse. To use the innovative feature, users are to place their fingers over their phone camera and flash. Making feature updates regularly is founders Jeffery and Oyin Antwi’s intention of not being a one-and-done mobile interaction, but rather a fluid experience for users’ journeys toward steadfast growth and better health. “Mindfulness apps with the pandemic and the BLM movement in 2020 — so many apps started...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 1, 2022

The Confess Project, America’s First Mental Health Barbershop Movement, Receives $1K For Its Efforts

Black mental health matters, and this is proof. For Black men, the barbershop has been a safe space to open up and vent about what’s going on inside, which is why Lorenzo Lewis created The Confess Project, America’s first mental health barbershop movement. The organization is on a mission to advocate for mental health by training barbers in the field. According to KARK, b ecause of its outstanding efforts, the nonprofit was honored by Rainwater, Holton & Sexton with not only the Difference Makers Award but a donation of $1,000.

Shanique Yates

Jan 4, 2022

YG Continues To Equip The Underserved With Mental Health Resources Through His TeleHealth Van Program

YG continues to advocate for mental health! REVOLT reports that the West Coast rapper plans to give underprivileged communities access to mental health resources through his TeleHealth Van program alongside founder and co-owner, Dion Rambo; partner, Todd Gurley; and the City of Hawthorne. “TeleHealth Van is a service that we created for the people in the inner-cities,” said YG during an interview with TMZ during the summer. “It works like—you basically don’t leave your house if you got a mental health situation or got doctors you need to talk to. The van comes to your location and you get in the van—it’s basically like doing a Zoom call. You get in the van and you see your mental health worker or [doctor] over the screen, and y’all have y’all session.” The initiative also includes three 5G-enabled vans that will “physically transport internet-connected telecommunications, teleconferencing, and video-conferencing devices and services/computer applications” to underserved locations....

Shanique Yates

Nov 24, 2021

Kevin Hart Donates $100K To Taraji P. Henson’s Nonprofit Centered On Black Mental Health

Comedic sensation Kevin Hart surprised actress Taraji P. Henson with a charitable donation of $100,000 for her nonprofit organization, Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. In the newest first look for Kevin Hart’s series “ Hart to Heart” on Peacock, Henson reveals the foundation was launched due to her initial struggles of finding a therapist. Aware of her advantage Henson shares, “I started it because I knew that I was having an issue trying to find a therapist. I am privileged, I have money. Imagine all the people of color that can’t.” Founded in 2018, the foundation is on a mission to ensure the Black community will have access to trusted mental health resources nationwide and continue to fight the stigmas surrounding mental health. Due to a history of systemic oppression and mistrust in the medical system, millions within the Black community have learned to cope with trauma. “The strength is in vulnerability. The strength is in saying I’m not okay today. That’s the strength. The...

Samantha Dorisca

Aug 16, 2021

These Founders Are On A Mission To Address Inequities In The Mental Health Space For Black Men

Salute to Black fatherhood! Although Father’s Day has come and gone, this organization is committed to celebrating Black men and fathers year-round. Dear Fathers was founded by Jesse Alex and Lamar Johnson, Jr to change the narrative of Black fatherhood. Now they’re addressing the inequities of Black mental health by creating a safe space for Black men and fathers to connect, fellowship, and unpack. “We started brainstorming the black fatherhood space and seeing what was out there and wanted to come up with something that was impactful and wanted to do it differently,” co-founder Jesse Alex told AfroTech via email. “We are responsible for our mental health , but we need help and support from others.” Utilizing their collective resources, the organization launched “STR8 MENTAL,” which includes free virtual therapy services aimed at connecting Black men to mental health practitioners. This is yet another program provided by the organization with the goal of providing safe spaces to...

Shanique Yates

Jun 25, 2021

Dynamic Duo Opens The First Black, Women-Owned Community Mental Health Center In Mobile, AL

Because Black mental health matters too! According to NBC15, Joanna Johnson and Afiya Hooker are the boss ladies behind  Mobile, Alabama’s first Black, women-owned, community health center. After offering counseling services at their own practices, the ladies wanted to take it a step further to offer more help through the Yin Yang Wellness Center. “Mental health in the black community is very stigmatized,” said Hooker, a licensed professional counselor and co-owner of the center. “I am very proud that at my own private practice. I have 97 percent BPOC clients but we still have a lot of work to do.” While the center is open to men and women of all ages and backgrounds, one of the main goals for opening the center was to provide a safe space for Black people and to destigmatize the narrative around the Black community and mental health. Not only does the Yin Yang Wellness Center offer therapy , but they also offer case management, group counseling and even serves as a donation center...

Shanique Yates

Jun 17, 2021

Y Combinator-Backed Startup MentalHappy Is Creating Safe Spaces For Men's Mental Health

It’s time to change the conversation around mental health being too taboo of a subject for men to talk about. With resources like social network platform MentalHappy, it’s quite possible to reimagine what safe spaces look like for men to achieve a healthy mental state. MentalHappy — a first-of-its-kind safe, online mental health platform that provides positive peer support groups led by health and wellness professionals — is actively working to support the mental health needs of all – particularly for people of color and men. According to a poll conducted by researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), nearly one in ten American men reported experiencing some form of depression or anxiety, but less than half of those men actually sought out treatment for their conditions. For Black men in this country those numbers are even lower, which is why mental health remains an under-recognized and under-treated problem among them. “The most common misconception about...

Njera Perkins

May 26, 2021

Charlamagne Tha God Launches Mental Wealth Alliance to Provide Generational Support For Black Mental Health

Charlamagne Tha God remains committed to elevating conversations surrounding Black mental health. According to Business Wire, The Radio Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most influential voices in modern culture has announced the launch of the Mental Wealth Alliance (MWA)– a foundation created to accelerate, destigmatize and center state-of-the-art mental health care and outreach across the country. MWA is also his way of building a long-term system that provides generational support for Black communities. “My founding of the Mental Wealth Alliance is the manifestation of a deeply personal vision,” said The Breakfast Club host in a press statement. “I believe improving Black mental health is a core tenet of restoring souls, igniting wealth, and inspiring upliftment for Black America.” A product of Charlamagne’s vision, the new groundbreaking effort is set to not only partner with Black-led organizations and experts, but MWA will also raise $100 million over the next five years to...

Shanique Yates

Feb 11, 2021

Hurdle Raises $5M Seed Round to Extend Its Tech-Based Mental Health Platform to Black Communities

Over the last year, we’ve greatly stressed the importance of prioritizing mental health in Black communities due to our history of pushing those issues aside. Now, tele-therapy company Hurdle is extending its platform to remove those barriers for Black and people of color. According to a press release, Hurdle — an innovative digital mental health platform — has announced today that it closed a $5 million Series Seed funding round co-led by 406 Ventures and Seae Ventures with participation from F-Prime. Hurdle plans to use this new capital to strategically-scale its tech-enabled platform to help provide support for culturally diverse populations’ behavioral health needs, especially in Black communities. “With depression spiking in Black and minority communities, this year is an inflection point in mental healthcare. The events of 2020 present a unique opportunity for Hurdle to create solutions that work for anyone, but most importantly, for the most underserved populations,” said...

Njera Perkins

Jan 25, 2021

Founders Partner to Serve as a Free Mental Health Resource to the Black Community Post-Election

For Black Americans, 2020 has been both the year of reckoning and trauma amid the COVID-19 pandemic and long-lead conversations surrounding systemic racism worldwide. As emotions are still running high all over the country pending election results, Americans — Black Americans especially — have been grappling with anger, frustration and sadness as they attempt to navigate their day-to-day tasks to resume business as usual. With another historic election still ahead of us, Black employees need a safe place to share our experiences and process our feelings in a productive manner. To help provide access to mental health resources for Black & Brown professionals during this time, Mimconnect — the career networking platform — has partnered with Bright Ventures and KOKORO to host a free digital wellness session called BREATHE for the Black community post-election. Mimconnect’s ongoing wellness series is designed to curate a safe, anonymized space to address employee concerns. Private...

Njera Perkins

Nov 4, 2020

Taraji P. Henson to Host Facebook Watch Series Focused on Black Mental Health

Facebook has announced several initiatives targeting mental and emotional health to connect more people around the world—and at the forefront is Taraji P. Henson. According to FB’s Newsroom , the award-winning actress is set to host a new talk show on Facebook Watch titled (for now) “Peace of Mind with Taraji.” Co-hosted with Henson’s longtime best friend Tracie Jade Jenkins, who is the Executive Director of Henson’s Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation , the series will highlight mental health challenges the Black community faces every day. “I’ve long been a mental health advocate for the Black community and created the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in 2018 that has provided resources to thousands of people who are struggling,” Henson told Deadline . “I’m looking forward to bringing this new talk series to Facebook Watch, where I can continue to create a conversation around an issue that is near and dear to my heart. In addition to resources and information through Henson’s personal...

Niki McGloster

Oct 6, 2020

This Black-Owned Tech Startup Launched an App to Combat Mental Stress

Amidst the chaotic times brought on by COVID-19, racism in America, and the fight against racial injustice, Black Americans have been dealing with many mental stresses this year alone. Thanks to this Brooklyn tech startup, it’s found a way to help the Black community find a sense of peace during this time. Digital Park — a startup launching new technology companies and enhancing the human experience — announced the launch of their new mobile app called Drift – wellness + sleep, “a growing collection of Ultra HD videos and sounds to support mindfulness, focus, or sleep anytime and anywhere you are,” according to a press release. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Digital Park (@digitalparkstudio) The app works by creating a relaxed viewing and listening experience for users playing videos and sounds from nature, including water against rocks, birds, rain, trees, and a crackling fire. According to a press release, each video is an immersive Ultra HD experience combined that...

Njera Perkins

Jul 31, 2020