Mental Illness Living Low in our Neighbor, also known as M.I.L.L.I.O.N, is a community-based organization structured around mental health issues in the black community. Reaching specifically people of color, our mission is to work with community partners and health officials to transform society’s response to everyday difficulties people of color will face. Through these platforms, M.I.L.L.I.O.N seeks to eliminate the issues through free or discounted therapy sessions, public mental health fairs hosted by members of the community, and even a directory that will provide demographic information of local therapists and their role within the organization. The ultimate goal for this organization is to reach one million people of color, and in the process, change the asinine dialogue and views of such a controversial subject.
Through this organization, it is important that people of color are acknowledged for their commitment to want more and acknowledge their fears, voice the obstacles that has been faced, and even recognize anxieties of their surroundings— without being devalued. Establishing a great support system who truly understands the risk factors that are faced by people of color will be a main priority—this is where the directory will be introduced. The directory will consist of numerous therapists who specializes in everyday issues, and can provide the assistance the people will need.
How can you help?
You can support M.I.L.L.I.O.N, by providing a monetary donation that will go toward the funding for this organization. As of now, the up-front costs will go towards building the directory and developing a proper resource tool that will assist with the goals for the organization. Monetary donations will also go towards the mental health awareness events that will take place throughout the community that will offer hands-on assistance, resources for immediate help, and various speakers to assist with relationship-building, financial literacy, and various other stigmatic factors men of color face. In the future, we plan to implement a crowd-source funding tool that will help support the therapists who will offer the free or discounted rate therapy sessions.
In lieu of monetary donations, assistance will be needed through services. If you are interested in offering therapy services, is a healthcare official and can provide resources for the social events, or can offer another service that aligns with the overall mission of M.I.L.L.I.O.N, please contact LaTerrance Simmons by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org