Mental Health Awareness Project
In 2017, Youth Advocacy Corps launched a year-long Mental Health Awareness Project (MHAP) in East New York, Brooklyn. The project was conceived of by Saddiq Abdul (YASI '15) as his individual advocacy project while working with YASI. You can read more about why Saddiq wanted to start MHAP here:
MHAP is led by a cohort of young adults working to serve as Mental Health Peer Advocates (PAs). Their communities struggle with stigma and a high number of undiagnosed and untreated mental health cases, and MHAP is working to tackle and bring attention to these issues.
MHAP's first cohort worked from 2017-2018 and
Went through biweekly training in advocacy, community organizing, social justice reform, and mental health literacy conducted by local experts, community partners, and staff;
Identified, organized, and mapped existing mental health services;
Served as community advocates and spread awareness through health fairs, workshops and the provision of resources and information at community-based help desks;
Testified before City and State Agencies (To read testimony click here );and
Conducted field research to produce an issue report with Young Invincibles. The report was released 12/17. To read the report, click here ).
MHAP 2019 launched in December of 2018 and this year's cohort has been focused on delivering mental health workshops to young people throughout the City. Between January and May of 2019, they conducted 50 Workshops and reached 737 Young People!
Their workshops are in high demand!!! If interested, contact us!