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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