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 weeks 6 days ago

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

2 months 2 weeks ago

FUNDRAISER: PLLC SCHOLARSHIP FOR BIPOC CLINICIANS: Fundraiser Link: tinyurl.com/mu2h5ud2 More about DMHS: linktr.ee/DMHS For many Clinicians of Color, the dream of launching a Private Practice is often a distant one, due to financial inequities and lack of resource support. Many BIPoC clinicians don't dream of attempting to launch into private practice, because we have less access to information about starting a business and oftentimes aren't encouraged to do so. When we finally have the confidence, we may not have the funds or know-how, so starting a Private Practice becomes a lengthy learn-as-you-go process that is incredibly intimidating, isolating, and can be costly. Peaceful Soul Healing , in collaboration with DMHS, iNfinitely Well, and MEND Seattle have come together to offer a scholarship for Clinicians of Color to achieve their dream faster. We are working with an attorney who will help clear the daunting hurdle of PLLC formation and all of it's legal requirements for Awardees. This will help PLLC Scholarship Awardees have an equitable start to their Private Practice, and expand the BIPoC workforce. It also helps BIPoC clients have increased access to Clinicians of Color and inevitably, reduces likelihood of racial trauma occurring in therapy sessions. We plan on

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

4 months 1 week ago

From Renton Technical College

Financial support for recent Renton high school graduates!

“I am beyond excited about the Renton Promise program. Renton Promise provides a seamless pathway to RTC for Renton graduates. I spoke with a few graduating seniors ready to start at RTC in Fall 2023—each student expressed how excited they were to have financial support through the program,” said RTC President Dr. Yoshiko Harden."

#rentonpromise #freetuition #succeedwithrtc #rtc #rentontechnicalcollege

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

4 months 3 weeks ago

DMHS is SO excited to announce that we have joined Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) Healing Justice Collective, through our DMHS Free Therapy & Wellness initiative to provide QT/BIPOC youth with quality therapeutic support!!! #partnership #HealingJusticeCollective #HJC #freetherapyprogram #freewellness #freetherapy #BIPOC #qtpoc #youth #mentalhealth #lgbtq #Lgbtqia #BIPOCmentalhealth #DMHS #ywe #youngwomenempowered #deconstructingthementalhealthsystem

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

6 months 3 days ago

Black patients adjust behavior to reduce chance of discrimination in health care settings, survey finds
By — Annie Sciacca, Kaiser Health News

"Many Black Californians report adjusting their appearance or behavior — even minimizing questions — all to reduce the chances of discrimination and bias in hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices. Of the strategies they describe taking, 32% pay special attention to how they dress; 35% modify their speech or behavior to put doctors at ease. And 41% of Black patients signal to providers that they are educated, knowledgeable, and prepared."

#blackmentalhealth #mentalhealth #deconstructingthementalhealthsystem #study #statistics #Kaiser

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

6 months 1 week ago

“In countering the stigma against help seeking for suicidal thoughts, the best thing to do is encourage dialogue and model openness. When people see respected figures in their own community asking for help and sharing success stories, stigma is eroded,” Dr. Nestadt advises."

#MentalHealthStigma #BlackMentalHealth #MentalHealth

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

6 months 1 week ago

""We are thrilled that the 988 Lifeline LGBTQ+ pilot line will be expanding services across all modalities," said Dr. Tia Dole, the chief lifeline officer at Vibrant Emotional Health, which administers the service. "We know that LGBTQIA youth are one of the most at-risk communities for suicide. Vibrant, SAMHSA and 988 want to be there to change that through affirming care."

#988 #LGBTQ #lifeline #suicideprevention #hotline

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

6 months 4 weeks ago

DMHS hit another major milestone yesterday: We now have 100 Black Wellness & Mental Health Providers in our Directory!!!!! Services include but are not limited to: Mental Health & Psychological Services, Coaching, Yoga, Reiki, General Wellness, Spirituality and include Group Practices as well! We continue to grow and add more people to our directory every week. If you are searching for a Black Therapist or Wellness Professional, please consider using & sharing our directory! Direct link: dmhsus.org/listing-category/black-therapists/ More info on DMHS: linktr.ee/DMHS . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . #dmhsdirectory #dmhsproviders #dmhs #dmhsus #dmhsus.org #mentalhealth #blacktherapists #blackwellness #Blackcoaches #blackmentalhealth #blackhealthmatters #blackhistory365 #wellness #therapist #counselor #yoga #blacktherapists #freedirectory

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

7 months 2 weeks ago

Our logo got a beautiful update and upgrade. Thank you so much!!!

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

7 months 3 weeks ago

Donate: secure.givelively.org/donate/deconstructing-the-mental-health-system-inc Website, directory, free wellness program, orgs we like: linktr.ee/DMHS For Black History Month, give the gift of FREE Wellness & Mental Health Services Deconstructing the Mental Health System is a Black & Woman Led 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Your donation helps: *Keep our directory of over 200+ listings FREE *Will help cover the cost of Therapy &Wellness sessions from our DMHS Free Therapy & Wellness Team DMHS@DMHSUS.ORG DMHSUS.ORG . . . .. . .. #DMHS #DMHSUS #AnnualUpdate #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackOwned #SupportBlackBusinesses #SupportSmallBusinesses #Nonprofit #Donation #BlackOwned #BIPOC # #Black #Indigenous #PeopleOfColor #MinorityOwnedBusiness #providerlisting #blackmentalhealth #supportblackbusinesses #501c3

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

9 months 2 weeks ago

Aunual Update: Website, listing, orgs we like: linktr.ee/DMHS Video with Captions: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOH93bfVI4I&t=28s If you know any Therapists & Wellness Professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color that you believe are a good fit for our FREE listing, please share this with them. We now have over 200+ Listings including individual, group practices and wellness professionals! If you have a resource page, we'd love to be on it. If you know any BIPOC owned or led organizations, please share this with them or suggest them to us!! #DMHS #DMHSUS #AnnualUpdate #Donation #BlackOwned #BIPOC # #Black #Indigenous #PeopleOfColor #MinorityOwnedBusiness #providerlisting #annualreport #blackmentalhealth #supportblackbusinesses #nonprofit #501c3

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

9 months 2 weeks ago

From DMHS Board Member Nicole Wilson:
"Honored to be quoted in this article on grief and the holidays."

A list of resources & tips for processing grief during the holiday season.

#grief #holidays #seattlemedium #dmhs #multiculturslcounselors #wtff #openpathcollective

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

10 months 20 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

10 months 1 day 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

10 months 3 weeks 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

11 months 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

11 months 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

1 year 4 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

1 year 1 month 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

1 year 1 month 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

1 year 1 month 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

1 year 1 month ago

Your voice matters.

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

1 year 2 months 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

1 year 2 months 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

1 year 2 months 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

1 year 2 months 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

1 year 2 months 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

1 year 2 months 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

1 year 2 months 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

1 year 2 months 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. "

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