What is MINDS

MISSION STATEMENT:

Our mission is to promote optimal mental health through advocacy, education, support and mentoring to at-risk youth and their families.  

Goals: 

To promote and reduce stigmatization of mental health, to assist youth and family with mental health resources.

Why MINDS, what services will we provide, and what needs does MINDS fill?

Why MINDS is important:

1)                  Mental health challenges and disorders often develop during adolescence, including, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis and substance use disorders.

2)                  Youth may not be well-informed about how to recognize mental health problems and how and where to get help.  Caring adults can play an important role in assisting a young person in getting help but caring adults first need to improve their own knowledge, skills and attitude to be able to help.

3)                  Stigma and discrimination are still associated with mental health challenges and disorders; hence, youth may be ashamed to discuss mental health problems with caring adults. Raising awareness and reducing the stigma of mental health will decrease these concerns.

We provide mentoring, counseling and case management services for youths and families.

1)      Promote, facilitate and conduct mental health and self-care classes and discussions with youths and working professionals.

2)      To increase families access to mental health services.

3)      Coordinate educational workshops on sexual exploitation, abuse (physical, mental, emotional) prostitution, self-esteem, self-respect, self-care, and life skills development.

4)      Provide counseling to youth and families to empower and implement change in behaviors and thinking.

5)      Provide an integrated continuum of care, including therapeutic assessment, consultation and care coordination services.

6)      Direct families for spiritual, financial, medical, mental/emotional assistance from government agencies and other non-profit organizations.

7)      Keep in regular contact with clients via personal visits and correspondence.

8)      Establish a relationship with various government and non-governmental agencies.

9)      Aid the community with any type of information needed about mental health issues and in finding mental health resources in the community through community fairs, workshops, brochures, referral booklets.

10)  Advocate for the well-being of our clients.

Who are the potential clients?

The potential clients are at-risk youth and their families; educators; working professionals; social services organizations. At school, services will be available to any student enrolled in the school who may be experiencing mental health symptoms or difficulties and whose parent has consented to their child’s care.