This is a space dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with DMHS initiatives & updates, as well as a space for DMHS to share culturally relevant news articles & blogs around Black, Indigenous and People of Color mental health & wellness

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

2 days 4 hours ago

Directory: dmhsus.org/find-a-bipoc-therapist-or-healer/ DMHS hit another major milestone this week!! We now have 200 listings of providers, group practices and wellness professionals who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, including OVER 100 Affirming for LGBTQIA+ & QTPOC communities in our Mental Health & Wellness Directory!!! If you or someone you know is looking for a Provider who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color, please check out dmhsus.org and go to our BIPOC Directory. Providers, thank you thank you thank you! We pride ourselves in being an organization that centers safety, equity and respect when it comes to services for our communities 🏳️‍🌈🙌🏾 . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . #affirmingtherapist #lgbtq #lgbtqia #qtpoc #safespace #counselor #therapist #wellness #coach #dmhsdirectory #dmhsproviders #dmhs #dmhsus #dmhsus.org #mentalhealth #bipoc #wellness #therapist #counselor #yoga #blacktherapists #latinotherapists #aapi #asiantherapists #indigenoustherapists #freedirectory

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

3 days 5 hours ago

Donate to DMHS: www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=WSZVHBNJVBBNL
DMHS Free Therapy Program: dmhsus.org/dmhs-free-therapy/
DMHS Founder and CEO Makinie and Board Member Halisha Anderson chat about the Free Therapy Program, and why they decided on 12 sessions for clients.

Our intention is to cover the cost of Therapy. Therapy sessions can cost anywhere from $80-$200+, on average $100. By offering 12 sessions of FREE Therapy, we are saving clients an average of $1,500.

*program is currently full but we are in the process of recruiting volunteers. Please help support our current volunteers*

If you are an Approved Supervisor in WA, Licensed Therapist or Associate Therapist, please consider volunteering!

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

3 weeks 3 days ago

How you vote affects who can vote! Make your voice heard!!

"Laws in 48 states ban people with felony convictions from voting. In 2022, an estimated 4.6 million Americans, representing 2 percent of the voting-age population, will be ineligible to vote due to these laws or policies, many of which date back to the post-Reconstruction era. In this election year, as the United States confronts questions about the stability of its democracy and the fairness of its elections, particularly within marginalized communities, the impact of voting bans on people with felony convictions should be front and center in the debate."

www.sentencingproject.org/reports/locked-out-2022-estimates-of-people-denied-voting-rights/

#disenfranchised #vote #election2022 #yourvoicematters

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

1 month 2 weeks ago

UW CoLab CARE for Kids & Families Community Outreach Rep Dominique Smith interviewed Founder of DMHS Makinie it's equity-building initiatives that include DMHS Mental Health & Wellness Directory for Black, indigenous & People of Color Providers, and the DMHS Free Therapy Program. Interview: uwcolab.org/insights-reflections/2022/10/12 About: " CARE for Kids & Families is a new project led by a growing coalition of collaborators and facilitated by UW’s CoLab for Community and Behavioral Health Policy that works to address that need while centering community knowledge and lived experience. This initiative has been funded through Washington State legislative proviso." More info on DMHS and initiatives: linktr.ee/dmhs #universityofwashington #uw #uwcolab #careforkids #dmhs #freetherapy #directory

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

1 month 2 weeks ago

November 8th elections is right around the corner! Check your state’s registration deadline and make sure you’re registered to vote.

YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE! 🗳️

#rockthevote #YourVoteMatters #vote #NovemberIsComing #voterregistration #RegisterToVote

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

2 months 6 days ago

dmhsus.org/dmhs-free-therapy/ We are excited to launch the DMHS Free Therapy Program which has been 10 months in the making!! In our quest to make the Mental Health System more equitable and accessible, we designed the Free Therapy Program to match potential clients with Benevolent Providers. From an equity perspective, our intention is to introduce Melanated people to high quality Therapy services that is culturally relevant and affirming. Our intention is to cover the cost of Therapy. Please email therapy@dmhsus.org if you have questions about the program! #dmhsfreetherapy #freetherapy #therapy #counseling #black therapist #approvedsupervisor #dmhsdirectory #dmhsproviders #dmhs #dmhsus #dmhsus.org #mentalhealth #bipoc #wellness #therapist #counselor #yoga #blacktherapists #latinotherapists #aapi #asiantherapists #indigenoustherapists #freedirectory

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

3 months 1 day ago

"Hot Chicken Takeover’s mission is to address the problem by hiring people who might be passed over elsewhere, whether because of prior incarceration, drug addiction, or homelessness. Almost 40% of its 172 workers have come out of the justice system."

#HotChickenTakeover #ReEntry #justicesystem

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

3 months 6 days ago

"Shini Bo, a millennial software developer, ....prioritizes stepping away from work when necessary.

She’s not convinced “quiet quitting” is the best term for setting boundaries.

“It’s negative and dangerous that we frame a healthy work life balance as quitting,” says Bo. “Can we just call it what it is? It’s just working.”

#quietquitting #worklifebalance #boundaries #workplacewellbeing #work #dmhs

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 16 hours ago

This is why Dmhsus.org works so hard to build equity and access to BIPOC Providers and resources.

Directory: dmhsus.org/find-a-bipoc-therapist-or-healer/

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 18 hours ago

Your voice matters.

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 2 days ago

The experience of having one’s concerns dismissed by a medical provider, often referred to as medical gaslighting, can happen to anyone. Here are some tips on how to advocate for yourself in a medical setting. nyti.ms/3Sa9qZ4

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 6 days ago

""Finally we will have a space that recognizes our language in a way that encompasses all the people within African American language communities"

,"The research project is a collaboration between Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Oxford University Press, with Lanehart among the advising editors."

#aave #oxforddictionary #harvard #hutchinscenter #black #africanamerican

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 1 week ago

DMHS hit another major milestone this week!! We now have 100 listings of providers, group practices and wellness professionals who identify as Affirming for LGBTQIA+ & QTPOC communities in our Mental Health & Wellness Directory!!! If you or someone you know is looking for a Provider who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color, please check out dmhsus.org and go to our BIPOC Directory. Providers, thank you thank you thank you! We pride ourselves in being an organization that centers safety, equity and respect when it comes to services for our communities 🏳️‍🌈🙌🏾 . . . .. . . #affirmingtherapist #lgbtq #lgbtqia #qtpoc #safespace #dmhsdirectory #dmhsproviders #dmhs #dmhsus #mentalhealth #bipoc #wellness #therapist #counselor #yoga #blacktherapists #latinotherapists #aapi #asiantherapists #indigenoustherapists #freedirectory

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 1 week ago

"A lot of people don't tend to understand that intergenerational trauma, unless those patterns are changed, the patterns tend to continue. They don't just go away on their own," says Susan Beaulieu, an assistant extension professor in family development at the University of Minnesota. "If we don't deal with them, they actually end up compounding over time."

#intergenerationaltrauma #transgenerationaltrauma #mentalhealth

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 2 weeks ago

"The U.S. remains an outlier being the only industrialized nation without universal healthcare and has led to men avoiding getting the care they need because costs are too high, researchers noted."

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 2 weeks ago

If you are struggling, it's ok to ask for help. Starting today, 988 is the new, free, 24/7 dialing code for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. If you are experiencing a mental health or substance-related crisis, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org.

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 3 weeks ago

"A West African shaman by the name of Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé has a different view of mental illness compared to that of people in the western world, where we focus on pathology and the idea that the behavior exhibited by those diagnosed with the condition is something that needs to stop. Dr. Somé proposes that what we call depression, bi-polar, psychosis and schizophrenia may perhaps be a remarkable transformation in consciousness and an inevitable step towards human development. Dr. Somé and the Dagara people support the shamanic view that signals mental illness as “the birth of a healer.” They believe that this person has been selected as a medium for a message to the community. What Westerners view as “mental illness”, the Dagara people view as “good news from the other world.” #AfricanSpirituality #Shaman #MentalHealth #stigma #dsm #indigenous

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 3 weeks ago

"For people with substance-use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities or criminal records, it can be a maze to decipher which facility will offer the proper staff, training and bed availability to take them. And if no facility accepts them, some people languish in emergency rooms or are released without treatment into the community and sometimes into homelessness.

Staff at these facilities say declining some people is necessary to keep themselves and patients safe: It’s a delicate balance managing the needs of patients with the care that underfunded and understaffed facilities can realistically offer in a siloed mental health system that pinballs patients through it all. "

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

4 months 3 weeks ago

For the first time, Seattle Public Schools will have students sitting on the school board as nonvoting members this September. These three high schoolers will represent more than 50,000 kids in the district.

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

5 months 17 hours ago

"One of the most widely known responses to trauma is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. People affected by this mental disorder typically suffer intrusive memories or flashbacks that may overwhelm them.

But international experts have been aware for decades that some trauma victims or survivors exhibit a broader pattern of psychological changes, most commonly after prolonged or repetitive events....now termed CPTSD."

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

5 months 3 days ago

"Research from 2017Trusted Source has shown that being denied an abortion is associated with negative psychological outcomes. The physical and emotional toll of having an abortion may affect other areas of a person’s life, including someone’s family relationships, friendships, workplaces, and communities.

Major mental health associations, including the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association, have opposed the Supreme Court’s ruling."

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

5 months 3 weeks ago

katu.com/amp/news/local/washington-students-will-be-able-to-take-mental-health-days-as-excused-absences

"The students who were behind Washington's measure say it's meant to change the stigma around mental health. The teens testifying on behalf of the bill explained why this is needed, now more than ever.

"Kids are struggling with mental health more than ever. COVID-19 has had an indescribable impact on Washington's young people, forcing us to take part-time jobs, take care of sick family members, and miss out on traditional extracurricular activities," Senior Shae Donlon said."

#MentalHealth #mentalhealthday #COVID19 #wa #law #endthestigma #katu

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

5 months 3 weeks ago

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

5 months 3 weeks ago

costplusdrugs.com/

"Billionaire Mark Cuban has launched a war against Big Pharma. Recently, he started an online pharmacy where over 100 lifesaving medications are offered at low costs. He charges a standard 15% markup in an industry that typically sees no less than 100% markup. In just one example, a life saving leukemia drug with a typical retail price of $9,657 is offered by him for a total of $47. Insurance is not accepted due to the fact that it would force him to work with manufacturers requiring certain price points."

-Aubree Brown

#markcuban #lowcost #affordable #pharmacy

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

5 months 3 weeks ago

Gathering Roots Retreat & Wellness Center is recruiting therapists for their Free Therapy Program: "🌱 Are you are a BIPoC therapist or wellness practitioner? We are looking for you! Learn more about this wonderful program that supports the healing and wellness of teens and young adults in our communities. ❤ bit.ly/wellnessproviderform We want folks to know you're here! While you're at it, please create a FREE profile: dmhsus.org The Deconstructing the Mental Health System (DMHS) directory helps folks find supportive care on their healing path. DMHS is supported by #gatheringrootswellness, #ywe, #asacredpassing and #nilesedge" #freetherapyprogram #freetherapy #mentalhealth

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

6 months 1 day ago

(click on the image to see animation) Happy Pride Month from DMHS Deconstructing the Mental Health System Inc!! We have 81 listings (individuals and group practices) who identify as QTPOC, LGBTQIA+, and Affirming. This means that when you search for a therapist in this category, you will find Therapist or Wellness Provider who not only identifies as Black, Indigenous or Person of Color, but also can provide safe, affirming, and non-judgemental therapeutic services. You deserve to feel safe and accepted on your journey of healing. Go to DMHSUS.ORG for more information. #DMHS #dmhsus #PRIDE #qtpoc #bipoc #lgbtqia #lgbtq #affirmingtherapy #deconstructingthementalhealthsysteminc

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

6 months 4 days ago

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

6 months 6 days ago

To sign up for our free directory or view providers: dmhsus.org/find-a-bipoc-therapist-or-healer/ Shoutout to Gathering Roots Retreat & Wellness Center for helping to get the word out about DMHS: Deconstructing the Mental Health System Inc Gathering Roots works to make space for cultural and community connection through workshops, classes, community events and advocacy. Providers who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color are hard to find. Please help boost visibility by registering as a provider. If you are an ally, please share dmhsus.org as a resource on your email signature, website and with your network. Thank you to the providers who registered after this was shared. We're working to get you approved! 🙌🏾 #mentalhealthawareness #gatheringroots #mentalhealthawarensssmonth #blackmentalhealth #latinxproviders #aapi #indigeniousmentalhealth #freedirectory #freementalhealth #collab #partnership #grassroots #dmhsus #deconstructingthementalhealthsystem

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

6 months 1 week ago

www.sandyhookpromise.org/press-releases/know-the-signs-could-have-saved-lives-in-uvalde/ "As the investigation continues, key warning signs have emerged that preceded the attack: *The shooter posted messages on social media indicating that he was going to shoot his grandmother and at an elementary school. He also posted cryptic messages along with photos of the two automatic weapons he purchased, just hours before the shootings. *The shooter reportedly was angry because he would not be able to graduate with his high school class and, according to his grandfather and other sources, the shooter had a troubled home life and was withdrawn — spending hours alone and isolated in his room. *Friends said the shooter was bullied in middle school. Friends also report that the shooter harmed himself (cutting) and indicated that he wanted to join the Marines “so he could kill people.” (Source) Taken individually, warning signs may not directly correlate to a mass shooting, but those exhibited by the Robb Elementary School shooter point to someone who was clearly at risk of harming themselves or others. Warning signs like those offer an opportunity to interrupt violence and must be taken seriously by acting immediately to get help." #SeeSomethingSaySomethingDoSomething #seesomethingsaysomething #schoolshootings #warningsigns #RobbElementarySchool

DMHS Updates& Mental Health News - Deconstructing the Mental Health System

6 months 1 week ago

"Mental illness is not the problem. It is incorrect and harmful to link mental illness and gun violence, which is often the case following a mass shooting. Pointing to mental illness doesn’t get us closer as a nation to solving the problem and doing so leads to discrimination and stigma against those with mental illness — who are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. People across the globe live with mental illness, but only in the U.S. do we have an epidemic of senseless and tragic mass shootings.

Gun violence is a public health crisis. We urgently need common sense approaches to end gun violence in this country." - NAMI

#guns #mentalhealth #NAMI" class="eflb-hash" target="_blank">NAMI

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