Mental Health Care Programs

Reaching Minds Through Care

Mental Health Care Programs

Mental Health First Aid Training | Deliverance Project | So I Dance

Our Mental Health Care Programs are designed to illuminate the mental health needs of Black families, bring behavioral and mental health illness out of cultural shadows, and reject the stigma associated with depression, suicide, addiction and other behavioral and mental health issues in black communities. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Black adults in the U.S. are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress, such as sadness and hopelessness. Black adults living below the poverty line are more than twice as likely to report serious psychological distress than those with more financial security. And despite these needs, only one in three Black adults who need mental health care receive it.
St. John Community Promise provides free Mental Health First Aid Training, a suicide prevention program meant to alleviate social barriers typical in communities of color. St. John Community Promise has provided mental health first aid training for almost 100 community leaders and residents to shed light on mental health issues and connect people to resources. Our Deliverance Project provides small group therapy sessions for adults with substance abuse challenges. Session topics vary and discussion is led by a mental health professional. Our newest Mental Health initiative is called So I Dance, which combines weekly group therapy with ballroom and other forms of dancing. Sessions are led by a licensed mental health professional and a professional dance instructor. Research by The Arts in Psychotherapy, revealed “even one ‘lively’ session of dance can reduce depression.”

Program Goals

  • To teach members in the local community about recovery and resiliency, which incorporates the belief that individuals experiencing mental challenges can and do get better, using their strengths to maintain flourishing mental health.
  • To strengthen leadership in mental health, providing comprehensive mental health and social services in community-based settings.
  • To implement prevention and mental health promotion strategies, strengthening research, evidence and information systems for mental health in the local community.
  • To aid the local community in recognizing the potential risk factors and warning signs for a variety of mental health issues and challenges, while applying knowledge this knowledge to help someone with a mental health challenge manage and treat set challenge to achieve successful recovery.
  • To decrease the stigma of mental health in the minority community, that continues to exist to this day.