IYT's recent Mental Health Day was focused on two objectives; demystifying and destigmatizing mental health for young men of color. The day's offerings were carefully curated to create an environment that encourages open and honest dialogue. Participants had the privilege of hearing from mental health professionals who share their experiences as people of color, cultivating an atmosphere that is both non-threatening and receptive.
The day's offerings are carefully curated to create an environment that encourages open dialogue. Participants have the privilege of hearing from mental health professionals who share their experiences as people of color, cultivating an atmosphere that is both nonthreatening and receptive.
A significant highlight involved smaller group discussions where participants shared personal experiences of trauma. These intimate sessions, conducted within a healing circle, served as a safe haven for participants to bond, learn from one another, and explore deeply personal topics. In the words of IYT member and participant, Jameele Anderson, "I enjoyed the conversations about mental health, but more specifically when we broke off into smaller groups because it provided a safe space for us to learn about each other and discuss personal things. Everyone was vulnerable and comfortable."
IYT's Mental Health Day served as an impactful platform that not only imparts knowledge but nurtures a sense of connection and understanding among the young brothers, fostering a culture of acceptance and growth.