StrongMinds America

Launching in 2022

StrongMinds US

Launching in 2022

StrongMinds is working with partners in Newark, New Jersey to address the
mental health treatment gap among BIPOC youth.

No One Can Thrive Without Good Mental Health

Depression isn’t just a feeling of sadness; it is a debilitating illness that interferes with day-to-day life. Many people describe depression as overwhelming physical and mental exhaustion that goes on for weeks, months, or even years. Depression impairs a person’s ability to focus, accomplish everyday tasks, and take steps to improve life. People living with depression often feel unable to achieve their full potential.

If left untreated, depression can erode self-esteem and lead to interpersonal conflict, social isolation, poor health, financial instability, substance abuse, and high-risk sexual behavior, all of which can create a dangerous feedback loop. The risks extend to families. Children of depressed mothers are more likely to have poor health, struggle in or miss school, engage in risky behavior, and suffer from depression themselves.

Removing Barriers to Treating Depression

Young people (ages 18-25) experience the highest depression prevalence levels among adults in the US, and BIPOC communities are disproportionately affected due to racial disparities across the mental health system. Barriers to mental health care for BIPOC include varying cultural perceptions about mental illness and help-seeking behaviors, discrimination, lack of insurance, communication barriers, and fear and mistrust of treatment.

Our Approach

StrongMinds is addressing the need for adequate, culturally appropriate mental health care for BIPOC young adults by providing cost-effective, accessible solutions to treating depression. Our unique approach is based on Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT-G), a proven group talk therapy approach that has been rigorously tested in clinical trials conducted with diverse populations in the US and around the world.

Therapy groups consisting of 8-12 participants will take place in-person or online, and be led/supervised by culturally and linguistically competent Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs).

These group facilitators will help participants identify the root causes and triggers of their depression and design strategies to overcome them. Since depression can be episodic and recur over time, the skills acquired through therapy will have both an immediate and long-term preventative impact on the patients treated.

StrongMinds is seeking to develop partnerships with community-based organizations in the greater Newark, New Jersey area to implement our depression treatment model.

By working together, we can improve outcomes for young adults, giving them the tools they need to enjoy productive, healthy, satisfying lives.

Join Us

The need for new and innovative mental healthcare solutions has never been greater, and StrongMinds is at the forefront of innovations that remove barriers to accessing depression treatment for marginalized communities.

Contact Sean Mayberry at [email protected] to learn how you can partner with StrongMinds to address the mental health needs of your community.

 

Quarterly Reports

StrongMinds America Q1
StrongMinds America Q2