When protecting one’s mental health, people have been experimenting with non-traditional methods outside of certified therapists.
Oct 27, 2023
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.
May 26, 2023
Simone Biles is reportedly stepping away from her role with mental health startup Cerebral.
Dec 21, 2022
Former NFL player Ryan Mundy believes mental health is a facet of life that should be at the forefront.
Nov 14, 2022
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.
Sep 16, 2022
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.
Sep 9, 2022
Serena Williams’ venture capital firm led a $5 million raise in the mental health arena. Bloomberg reports Serena Ventures led an early-stage round for Wondermind, a multimedia company — founded by Selena Gomez, Mandy Teefey, and Daniella Pierson — that prioritizes mental health. Participating investors included Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. Plus, the outlet revealed Brent Saunders, the former chief executive officer of pharmaceutical company Allergan, also participated.
Aug 11, 2022
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.
Jul 6, 2022
As a driver of culture, Hip-Hop has the power to shift the conversation and bring attention to important causes. Ahead of the curve, Rock The Bells, founded by LL COOL J, has teamed up with Salesforce.org to champion voices within the Hip-Hop space and disrupt stigmas surrounding mental health.
Jun 24, 2022
Jade Kearney is placing Black women at the forefront of mental health and wellness. As the CEO of She Matters, Kearney created the digital health platform to ensure Black women and women of color find the support they need. Kearney hopes to provide women the assistance she failed to receive following the birth of her daughter while working to complete her second master’s at New York University. “When I had postpartum, I was feeling the cultural norms of suffering in silence and I was invisible to the healthcare system. I experienced a lot of cultural stigma around mental illness and when it came to healthcare professionals or healthcare networks, I didn’t have any of them making the connection between what I had gone through physically while giving birth, which was preeclampsia and hemorrhage,” Kearney told AfroTech exclusively.
May 31, 2022
Are you ready for John Legend to put you to sleep? John Legend first teamed up with Headspace, an app for practicing mindfulness, in 2020. The two first launched “Focus Music,” as a helpful resource in the midst of the pandemic’s impact. The soundtrack’s aim was to help ease users’ stress and improve your health and focus, according to GQ. “People are concerned about the state of the world, and they have good reason to be,” John Legend told the outlet. “There are a lot of stressful things about the fact that there’s a raging pandemic, the economy’s where it is, unemployment is where it is—but there are proven techniques that help people deal with someone of those issues.” Now, in the partnership’s second year, the Grammy-award-winning singer is in the spirit of self-love, wellness, and a good night’s rest. According to a press release, Headspace has aired its debut Super Bowl commercial ahead of the annual football championship. The campaign, “Love Yourself Like A Legend,” is of the...
Feb 10, 2022
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.
Jan 4, 2022
The Zone and Morgan Stanley are partnering to ensure member athletes can obtain total wellness. Founded by two former student-athletes, Ivan T chatchouwo and Erik Poldroo, The Zone was birthed to create a home for athletes to seek support for their mental health as they would for other areas of concern such as physical injury or academic conflicts. The founders recognize finances are a leading source of stress and constraints can permeate into other areas of productivity and performance. “Evidence highlights that stress related to personal finance overwhelmingly yields poor individual results, directly tied to how one feels and ultimately how one produces and performs in a given area – whether in sports, the classroom or in the workplace,“ Ivan T chatchouwo told AfroTech. He continued: “As a former student-athlete myself, along with Erik, and in speaking to several other fellow current or former student-athletes, we could all relate at some point or another to feeling some form of...
Dec 30, 2021
Google for Startups is on the hunt for promising Black, Latinx, and Veteran founders across the country. Starting now, these founders can apply to be a part of the third cohort of the Founders Academy. The four-month virtual program will provide Google’s best practices, top tools, and the community required to raise capital and upscale startups, according to information provided to AfroTech. “Boddle had begun raising a round of funding when we started the Founders Academy. The timing was fortuitous because it allowed us to take advantage of the program’s investor-in-residence. Tony was instrumental in helping us crystallize our pitch to VCs and gain better insights on negotiating for the $1.45M funding round that we eventually raised,” said Edna Martinson, Founders Academy alumna and founder of Boddle Learning in a statement provided to us.
Dec 17, 2021
Simone Biles is not only leaving her mark on the world of just gymnastics but the world of technology as well. AfroTech previously shared that the Olympic star partnered with Cerebral — the leading online mental health provider — as its Chief Impact Officer (CIO) in October 2021. After being on the team for less than two months, the mental health startup’s value has vaulted to a higher level, InnovationMap reports.
Dec 14, 2021