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The Equitable Minds Movement


In a world where the conversations around mental health are gaining momentum, there's hope shining brightly for communities of color—the Equitable Minds Movement. This dynamic initiative stands at the forefront of change, championing the cause of mental health equity through proactive measures. By weaving together threads of therapy, awareness, education, and empowerment, the Equitable Minds Movement is a call to normalize mental health support and cultivate a nurturing environment for the next wave of healthcare providers from these communities.

 

According to Psychology.org, lack of cultural understanding by health care providers may contribute to underdiagnosis and/or misdiagnosis of mental illness in people from racially/ethnically diverse populations. Factors that contribute to these kinds of misdiagnoses include language differences between patient and provider, stigma of mental illness among minority groups, and cultural presentation of symptoms. It is essentially from these disparities that the movement was born.

  

Equitable Minds was born from a recognition of the disparities in the numbers of people of color available to address the vast needs for mental health support. With a foundation rooted in empathy, Equitable Minds emphasizes the importance of initially focusing on the communities in dire need. As the movement grows, it pledges to embrace and support all groups seeking representation from those with shared experiences and backgrounds. By prioritizing those most in need, Equitable Minds aims to create a more inclusive and equitable future in mental health support, ensuring no one feels excluded or overlooked. 


Central to its mission, the movement has produced a powerful video that amplifies its message through the poignant stories of three individuals. Each narrative highlights the transformative power of culturally competent therapy and the strong spirit of those seeking to heal. 





Totisha L. Phelps is an author, entrepreneur, coach, and advocate for prison wives.
Totisha L. Phelps is an author, entrepreneur, coach, and advocate for prison wives.


Totisha L. Phelps is an author, entrepreneur, coach, and advocate for prison wives. She speaks to the heart of the matter, revealing her struggle and the personal cost in supporting a loved one in prison and post-reentry. In spite of her dedication, he suffered in silence in the dark realms of depression.  "I forgot to hold on to me while I was holding on to him," she confesses. Her journey to healing began with reaching out to a therapist who could fully grasp her story, emphasizing the freedom that comes with unrestrained expression.   






Rory D. Sheriff is the Founding Artistic Director of a theatre company and a Desert Storm combat veteran.
Rory D. Sheriff is the Founding Artistic Director of a theatre company and a Desert Storm combat veteran.

  

Rory D. Sheriff is the Founding Artistic Director of a theatre company and a Desert Storm combat veteran. He sheds light on the silent battles many men face, highlighting the societal pressures that deter them from seeking help. He reminds us that "the safe space is not always the easy space," advocating for therapeutic environments that facilitate ease and openness, particularly for Black men. 

 

Lastly, Christaphine Bobray, a Real Estate Professional and first generation Liberian American, shares the internal conflict between her mental health challenges and her spirituality, a struggle familiar to many where the strength of your faith is questioned and complicates how you manage your conflict. Finding a therapist who could navigate the nuances of the Black woman's experience was a game-changer for her, illustrating the invaluable support that comes from shared understanding.






Christaphine Bobray, a Real Estate Professional
Christaphine Bobray, a Real Estate Professional

The Equitable Minds Movement, through these powerful voices, showcases the undeniable need for a shift towards mental health equity. It proves that there is strength found in vulnerability and the profound impact of therapy delivered with cultural competence.  As we stand on the brink of change, the movement's message is clear: it's time for a transformation, inspiring action and nurturing hope for communities of color.  


Join us in this pivotal journey. Watch the video, share your story, and become part of the movement so that we can pave the way for a future where mental health support is equitable, inclusive, and impactful.  Learn more. 



#EquitableMinds - Because change isn't just necessary; it's imperative. 

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