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Viola Davis, Charlamagne Tha God, And More Among Investors In A Self-Help App Catering To The Black Community

Prominent individuals in entertainment are joining forces to provide self-help resources to the Black community. This is being made possible through the inception of ALTR, described as a motivational and self-help app, per the company’s LinkedIn. The platform was co-created by David A. Wilson, founder of TheGrio, and Brandon John-Freso, who serves as the company’s chief technology officer, and is supported through a partnership with Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions. ALTR serves to provide audiobook miniseries that will tend to “the distinct life obstacles faced in the Black community,” Variety reports. These audiobooks will include topics such as: Mental well-being Feelings of isolation Financial stability Spirituality Personal relationships And more “There is a yearning for solutions and knowledge from our cultural perspectives,” Wilson told Variety. “Our authentic voices are lacking in the existing self-help, wellness and educational platforms, which is...

Samantha Dorisca

May 15, 2024

Backpack Healthcare Closes $14M Seed Funding Round Geared Toward Combating Youth Mental Health Crisis

This healthcare company is one funding round closer to fulfilling its goal of making mental health care more accessible. Backpack Healthcare shares in a press release that it has officially completed a $14 million Series A funding round led by Healthcare Capital. Also participating were ECMC, Techstars, Collab Capital, Bridge Builders Collaborative, Portland Seed Fund, Hopelab, Rethink Education, Genius Guild, and Unlikely Collaborators. Additional angel investors included Maya Ghosn Bichara and Jeffrey Walker. Founded in 2018 by Hafeezah Muhammad, the company uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to combat the current youth mental health crisis through its app and teletherapy services, specifically honing in on those with Medicaid insurance coverage. “The funding we have raised underscores the U.S. healthcare system’s need for more inclusive, tech-enabled solutions to tackle the growing pediatric mental health crisis,” said Muhammad, who also serves as the company’s CEO....

Shanique Yates

May 10, 2024

Millennials and Money Dysmorphia: Why We Feel Financially Flawed

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in debt, even though your bank account tells a different story? Are you constantly chasing the next promotion or a sense of financial security? If so, you might be struggling with money dysmorphia. Just as body dysmorphia warps our perception of our physical appearance, money dysmorphia can create a skewed view of your financial reality. You may get jealous when you see someone posting on Instagram about their vacation or new car. LinkedIn exists to give you the impression that your career potential is much greater. This lesser-known condition isn’t about how much money you have but rather a distorted perception of your financial reality that can lead to stress, anxiety, and unhealthy financial behaviors. Let’s delve into the world of money dysmorphia, exploring its symptoms, root causes, and, most importantly, how to break free from its grip and cultivate a healthy relationship with your finances. What Is Money Dysmorphia? Money dysmorphia or...

Camilla Amadi

Apr 5, 2024

Understanding An Existential Crisis And How To Cope Professionally

An existential crisis is a profound and often unsettling moment in an individual’s life when they confront fundamental questions about the meaning, purpose , and significance of their existence . It is a period of intense self-reflection and contemplation that may arise when individuals grapple with the realization of their mortality, the nature of human existence, the search for personal identity , realizations about free will and choice, and the meaning of life. It can feel heavy and overwhelming, as it consists of questioning the meaning of living at its most basic explanation. An existential crisis can not only impact your personal life, but your professional one as well. Key Aspects Of An Existential Crisis Questioning one’s purpose, direction, or reasons for living Feeling disconnected from people, activities, or values that previously gave life meaning Having a sense that life lacks inherent meaning and questioning the meaning of existence Experiencing intense boredom,...

Leah Jones

Mar 15, 2024

What Is An Abundance Mindset And How Can You Achieve it?

Our mindset shapes not only our perception of the world but also our perception of ourselves. Embracing an abundance mindset can lead to a transformative shift in perspective, helping to alter not only our outlook but our lifestyle. This mindset is a philosophy that embraces the belief that there is more than enough of everything to go around – whether it’s wealth, success, love or opportunities . Author Stephen Covey first introduced the concept of the “abundance mindset” in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Covey describes an abundance mindset as the belief that the world provides plentiful resources and time, offering ample opportunities to accomplish one’s goals . Covey also coined the term “ scarcity mindset, ” the opposite of abundance thinking. Those with a scarcity mindset perceive a lack of time or resources to achieve their objectives. This mindset often leads to negative thoughts and short-term thinking. What Is An Abundance Mindset? At its core, the...

Corinne Dorsey

Mar 8, 2024

Is Shadow Work The Secret To Personal And Professional Success

Everyone has a part of themselves that they do not bring into the light but carry with them everywhere they go. This is known as the “shadow self.” It is also often referred to as a dark side: not because it is evil, but rather, repressed. However, acceptance of this part of the self is crucial in order to fully appreciate one’s self. The process of achieving this acceptance is called shadow work. What Is Shadow Work? The term “shadow work” is widely attributed to Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. In his analytical psychology, Jung developed the concept of the “shadow” – the unknown or unconscious aspects of oneself, both good and bad. According to Jung, we deny or suppress parts of ourselves that we don’t like, deem incompatible, or bring up too much anxiety to face. The shadow thus represents our dark side – the negative traits we try to hide or overcome. Jung suggested that failing to recognize the shadow leads to projecting one’s darker qualities onto others. Integrating the shadow...

Leah Jones

Mar 8, 2024

According To This Researcher, We Might All Be Suffering From Popcorn Brain

In the digital age, the term “popcorn brain” has emerged as a metaphor for how our attention shifts from one thing to another, like the popping kernels in a bag of popcorn. Coined by researcher David Levy in 2011 , it explains the overstimulation caused by technology , leading to constant distraction and difficulty in focusing. Popcorn brain describes how our attention rapidly shifts from one thought to another. Similar to our day-to-day lives, the metaphor mirrors the fast-paced environment created by the digital world. Our minds become overwhelmed by the constant influx of information from various sources, resulting in stress and restlessness. What Is The Average Attention Span? According to CNN , Dr. Gloria Mark, a leading expert in informatics at the University of California, Irvine, states that our ability to concentrate is declining. In her book, “ Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness, and Productivity,” Dr. Mark emphasizes decades of research in...

Corinne Dorsey

Mar 8, 2024

How To Get Over All-Or-Nothing Thinking

All-or-nothing thinking, often referred to as black-and-white thinking, stops the progress of many professionals and unnecessarily amplifies stress. This type of mindset convinces us that situations must be either one extreme or the other, leaving little room for flexibility or growth . This trait can be seen in either one’s behavior, one’s relationships, or in the workplace . According to Forbes, 73% of individuals aged 25 to 35 and 52% of those between 45 to 55 are prone to chronic overthinking . This tendency often manifests as rumination, where individuals fixate on past or present events with a negative outlook. Overthinking often goes hand in hand with all-or-nothing thinking. While it’s not a mental illness itself, it’s linked with conditions like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance use issues. However, with awareness and intentional effort, it’s possible to overcome this limiting thought pattern and embrace a more balanced approach to life. Understanding...

Corinne Dorsey

Mar 6, 2024

Apple Is Looking Into Using Its $3,500 Vision Pro AR Headset To Diagnose And Treat Mental Illness, Report Says

When protecting one’s mental health, people have been experimenting with non-traditional methods outside of certified therapists.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 27, 2023

Les Twins Partner With KWN To Promote Literacy And Improve Children's Mental Wellbeing Through Dance

Dance transcends the arena stage for Larry and Laurent Bourgeois, otherwise known as Les Twins. While our favorite duo continue to impress audiences on Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour, they have taken up other avenues to spread positivity and make a difference.

Samantha Dorisca

May 26, 2023

Simone Biles, Cerebral Part Ways Months After The Mental Health Startup Gets Hit With Federal Investigation

Simone Biles is reportedly stepping away from her role with mental health startup Cerebral.

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 21, 2022

Former NFL Athlete Ryan Mundy Creates Mental Wellness Platform To Create Generational Health For Black Communities

Former NFL player Ryan Mundy believes mental health is a facet of life that should be at the forefront.

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 14, 2022

Model Tanaye White Shares Why She Kept Her Side Hustle At Uber Eats While Achieving Feats Like Gracing Sports Illustrated

Tanaye White is living her dream as a model, even scoring a spread in Sports Illustrated. Yet, the model is still creating space for her other passions.

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 16, 2022

These Founders Developed A Mental Health Platform To Empower People Of Color In The Workplace

A lack of belonging in the workplace led associates turned founders Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi to develop a mental health app for people of color to find support and community.  

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 9, 2022