mental wellness initiative
During this time of political crisis, and the increased targeting, criminalizing and deportations of our community members, we are prioritizing our community’s survival. The way we see it, in this moment, our survival is political. We believe that it is an urgent matter to ensure our communities have adequate access to mental health services and we want to ensure the general public understands the increased urgency of mental wellness in this moment for our affected communities. As such, we have launched our Mental Wellness Initiative (MWI).
Our Mental Wellness Initiative seeks to do the following things:
Expand the dialogue around mental health and wellness in our communities.
Create resources to ease the barriers our communities face while seeking care and to educate interested mental health service providers about our community. This includes our guide, The UndocuBlackTM Guide for Mental Wellness Specialists, a resource that our members can use while accessing care and that service providers can use to educate themselves about our community.
Facilitate community-led mental wellness discussions across the country with our community. These Mental Wellness Discussions will be facilitated by our trained members for our members. The purpose of these spaces is to encourage open conversation about mental wellness, to strengthen community bonds, and to provide our folks with tangible coping mechanisms.
Support access to mental health resources by organizing a collective of therapists willing to provide low cost or pro bono services to our community. These therapists will receive additional training and resources to further their understanding on how to care for our community.
This is our vision. This is our plan. This is how we as a community are creating an infrastructure to support our own in this moment. We can’t do this without our allies and co-conspirators.
We can’t do this without our allies and co-conspirators. If you believe in our vision, please make a donation here.
If you have any questions, please contact our Mental Wellness Director Gabrielle Jackson at Gabrielle@undocublack.org.