BEAM is a national nonprofit that focuses on training non mental health profressionals and providers with skills to offer healing justice informed peer support services and first responder support, funding healing and mental health efforts led by Black wellness profressionals and developing leaders for the purpose of helping Black people nationwide heal.
We are rasing money to help support our Southern Healing Support Fund- a project that supports healing and mental health work across the rural south in Black communities.
About The Southern Healing Support Fund:
52% of Black people in the United States live in the south. The south is also home to some of the highest health disparities as it relates to mental health in the country. To counter this, last year BEAM in partnership with the National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network started the Southern Healing Support Fund- a pot of community raised money we use to give funds to rural mental health and wellness practioners supporting Black communities in some of the hardest hit communities.
BEAM gives out economic awards to support thier healing projects, and supports them with ongoing coaching.
Last year we funded the following:
The Melanated Birth & Yoga Retreat, Memphis, Tennessee: Led by Black women doulas and public health profressionals, this project supports Black mothers with birthing care, education, and pre-natal yoga.
The Confess Project, Little Rock Arkansas: This community based organization goes to Black barbershops throughout Arkansas to educate Barbers and those who attend the shops on accurate Mental health information and strategies to support thier peers.
The Community Roots Clinic, Atlanta GA: This team of certified herbalists offer herbal medicine to homeless and marginalized youth who don't have access to health care.
BEAM has been feartured on Shonda Rhime's Website Shondaland, in the article: "How BEAM is Changing the Way We Think About Black Mental Health."
BEAM's executive director was featured in the Robert Wood Johnson Fondations newsletter in: "Where Mental Health & Social Justice Meet."
BEAM was featured on the Body.com about our Southern Healing Support Fund