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 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
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
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
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
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
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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!
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."
#disenfranchised #vote #election2022 #yourvoicematters
Locked Out 2022: Estimates of People Denied Voting Rights – The Sentencing Project
Featured Experience Joel Castón - voting rights activist "Anytime a member of a society is not afforded the right to express his or her opinions by way of the democratic process, we can not achieve the ideals of democracy."
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
An Innovative Approach to Equity in Mental Health — CoLab for Community and Behavioral Health Policy
Makinie Fortino is changing the came when it comes to culturally responsive behavioral healthcare through her nonprofit, DMHS: Deconstructing the Mental Health System . CoLab’s Dominique Smith recently spoke with Makinie about the importance of access to culturally relevant care and how she is exp...
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
"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
The Secret Sauce at Hot Chicken Takeover: Its Unique Workforce
The fast-growing restaurant chain’s equal employment policy has proved people often passed over because of incarceration, drug addiction, or homelessness can build a devoted workforce.
"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
This is why Dmhsus.org works so hard to build equity and access to BIPOC Providers and resources.
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
""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
A new dictionary will document the lexicon of African American English
A new research collaboration between Harvard University and Oxford University Press aims to compile the first fully-formed dictionary of African American English.
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
"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
The trauma your parents experienced well before you were born could explain why you're so anxious all the time
Generational, or intergenerational, trauma occurs when trauma is passed down through generations due to a mix of genetics and environmental factors.
"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."
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.
"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
Shamans Believe Mental Illness Is Something Else Entirely
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. Som....
"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. "
Why King County mental health facilities decline 27% of referrals
If people are declined from treatment, they often can end up stuck in emergency rooms or released into the community without further care. It’s a delicate balance managing the needs of patients with the care that underfunded and understaffed facilities...
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.
Three high schoolers join Seattle School Board
Three Seattle Public Schools students were chosen to serve as the district's first student board members. Their terms begin in the fall.
"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."
CPTSD: A New Diagnosis Category in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - Neuroscience News
Researchers provide a new summary of symptoms for the diagnosis of CPTSD, a sibling disorder of PTSD that has recently been officially recognized by the WHO. CPTSD usually occurs following prolonged exposure to traumatic experiences, such as abuse, torture, or domestic violence.
"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."
What Overturning Roe v. Wade Means for Mental and Physical Health
The Supreme Court's decision to strike down Roe v. Wade could have severe consequences for mental and physical health, including increased maternal mortality rates.
"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
Washington students will be able to take mental health days as excused absences
Starting next school year, students in Washington will be able to take excused absences for mental health days. A similar law is already in place in Oregon and was signed by Governor Brown in 2019. READ MORE | Feeling blue? Oregon students can take 'mental health days' The students who were behind W...
Through a Lens, Documenting Indigenous Culture
Matika Wilbur is attempting to photograph every federally recognized tribe in the U.S.
"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."
#markcuban #lowcost #affordable #pharmacy
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