Healing Starts in the Heart

At AAKOMA, our mission is to:
Raise Consciousness
Empower People
Change Systems

Welcome

At the AAKOMA Project, we envision:

A world where EVERY child, teen, and young adult (inclusive of all points of diversity) feels the freedom to live unapologetically and authentically within an environment that allows them to rise and thrive.

SO, AAKOMA builds the consciousness of youth of color and their caregivers on the recognition and importance of mental health, empowers youth and their families to seek help and manage mental health, and influences systems and services to receive and address the needs of youth of color and their families.

Welcome to AAKOMA and thanks for joining our community!

As Trevor Noah put so well, please consider donating to our cause here.

WHAT EXACTLY ARE AFFIRMATIONS AND HOW CAN THEY SUPPORT YOU IN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH JOURNEY πŸ‘‡πŸΎβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Affirmations are positive statements that can support your motivation, mindset and the release of negative thoughts. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Positive thoughts can create positive action in your life, which is why affirmations are a great tool to support you in your healing. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Do you practice daily affirmations? Let me know in the comments below! β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#mentalhealthmattersforall #mentalhealthmattersmost #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigmaofmentalillness #aakomaproject #joinaakoma #educateouryouth #theyouthareourfuture #bipocmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthcare #bipocmentalhealthmatters #bipocmentalhealthawarenes #dontsufferinsilencespeakup #youthmentalhealthmatters #encourageouryouth #youthmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthawareness
...

15 1

WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT HERE AT AAKOMA β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’œ

If you've ever wondered what we do, how we do it, and why, Dr. Alfiee sheds some light on those answers in this clip!

To learn more and support AAKOMA in the mental health movement, visit our website today πŸ’»
.
.
.
#aakomaproject #joinaakoma #supportouryouth #mentalhealthresources #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #letshealtogether #yourmentalhealthmatters #healingtakestime #bipocmentalhealth #emotionalhealthmatters #youthmentalhealth #freetherapy #uniquelyyou #healthymindset #selfcareisimportant #makeyourselfapriority #nurtureyourself #teenmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthmatters #teenmentalhealth #bipocmentalhealthmatters #equalopportunity #differencemakers #youthleadership
...

10 0

IT'S MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY πŸ’œβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Today we take the time to reflect on the Civil Rights Movement and acknowledge the work that still needs to be done for racial equity in America and globally. Because we at the AAKOMA Project are all about the mental health needs of youth and young adults of diverse backgrounds, today is especially important for us in uplifting Black mental health.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
What are some action steps that you can take TODAY for racial equity and mental health? ⬇️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ‘‰πŸΎ Do your research! Education and knowledge are powerful tools, so take the time to learn about the facts of racial equity in America and how lack thereof has negatively impacted Black mental health.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ‘‰πŸΎ Ask your elders about their stories (if they're willing to share). Giving voice to these experiences is a step in the direction of addressing racial trauma and increasing awareness.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ‘‰πŸΎ Support Black-owned businesses. Especially in this month recognizing the contributions of Black people to the U.S., shopping with Black businesses (like the AAKOMA Store πŸ˜€) is a great way to empower community, create sustainability and increase opportunities.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ‘‰πŸΎ Get involved! There are some great organizations out there advocating for change. Find one that you feel aligned with and support them with a donation, share news about them on your socials or even volunteer. (Pssst... You can click the link in our bio to learn more about supporting The AAKOMA Project.)β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
How will you take action, big or small, to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
...

59 1

DID YOU KNOW πŸ‘‡πŸΎβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
At no other point in life are Black Youth more likely to die by suicide than during adolescence and young adulthood. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Last year, in order to address this devastating impact on the community, we provided training on suicide prevention. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
We can proudly say that in 2021, we trained over 225 people on suicide prevention for Black Youth. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
You can support the mental health movement by clicking the link in our bio and donating to the AAKOMA Project today!β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#aakomaproject #joinaakoma #supportouryouth #mentalhealthresources #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #letshealtogether #yourmentalhealthmatters #healingtakestime #bipocmentalhealth #emotionalhealthmatters #youthmentalhealth #freetherapy #uniquelyyou #healthymindset #selfcareisimportant #makeyourselfapriority #nurtureyourself #teenmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthmatters #teenmentalhealth #bipocmentalhealthmatters #equalopportunity #differencemakers #youthleadership
...

27 1

Doing what's right for you isn't selfish, it's necessary to create a healthy and happy life πŸ’œβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Guilt is an emotion that's meant to show us where we may have behaved inappropriately, but it often comes up in people even when there was no harm intended.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
If you did not intend to harm someone and were simply creating a boundary or taking care of yourself, there is truly no need for guilt. You can thank your emotions for presenting themselves, and lovingly let them go.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Being in tune with your emotions, what they're trying to tell you, and how to process them is a great tool to navigate difficult situations.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#mentalhealthmattersforall #mentalhealthmattersmost #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigmaofmentalillness #aakomaproject #joinaakoma #educateouryouth #theyouthareourfuture #bipocmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthcare #bipocmentalhealthmatters #bipocmentalhealthawarenes #dontsufferinsilencespeakup #youthmentalhealthmatters #encourageouryouth #youthmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthawareness
...

23 3

GET YOUR MERCH! πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’›β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
One of the easiest ways to support The AAKOMA Project in the mental health movement is by getting yourself and your loved ones some of our merch!β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
This...β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
βœ”οΈ Allows us to financially contribute more into mental health research, awareness, and resources.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
βœ”οΈ Increases our brand awareness so that we may reach more people.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
βœ”οΈ Doesn't break the bank for you but makes a huge difference for us and those that we help.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
To browse our new collection and support our movement, head to our website by clicking the link in our bio πŸ“±β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#aakomaproject #joinaakoma #supportouryouth #mentalhealthresources #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #letshealtogether #yourmentalhealthmatters #healingtakestime #bipocmentalhealth #emotionalhealthmatters #youthmentalhealth #freetherapy #uniquelyyou #healthymindset #selfcareisimportant #makeyourselfapriority #nurtureyourself #teenmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthmatters #teenmentalhealth #bipocmentalhealthmatters #equalopportunity #differencemakers #youthleadership
...

7 0

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ISN'T A ONE-SIZE FITS ALL ❀️
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Although there are common themes that we see in the research, we also have to acknowledge that everyone's journey will look different because we've each lived a unique life.
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Your circumstances, resources, support system, and knowledge is not identical to everyone else that's working to heal themselves.
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
We simply do what we can until we can do more, giving ourselves love and grace along the way.
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
As Maya Angelou said, "When you know better, you do better", so one of the best things you can do for yourself is to gain knowledge about mental health and healing.
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
You can check out our website to learn more-- we've got videos, resources, and access to some of the research work we've done in this area.
.
.
.
#mentalhealthmattersforall #mentalhealthmattersmost #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigmaofmentalillness #aakomaproject #joinaakoma #educateouryouth #theyouthareourfuture #bipocmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthcare #bipocmentalhealthmatters #bipocmentalhealthawarenes #dontsufferinsilencespeakup #youthmentalhealthmatters #encourageouryouth #youthmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthawareness
...

15 1

What better way to kick off 2022 than with Mental Wellness Month! πŸ“£β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
This month, we are encouraging each of you to open up the conversation about Mental Health and break the stigma. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
What are you doing for your mental wellness this month? Let us know in the comments belowπŸ‘‡πŸΎβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#mentalhealthmattersforall #mentalhealthmattersmost #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigmaofmentalillness #aakomaproject #joinaakoma #educateouryouth #theyouthareourfuture #bipocmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthcare #bipocmentalhealthmatters #bipocmentalhealthawarenes #dontsufferinsilencespeakup #youthmentalhealthmatters #encourageouryouth #youthmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthawareness
...

33 1

SAY IT WITH US: 2022 IS THE YEAR FOR OPTIMAL MENTAL HEALTH! πŸ“£ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
How do we reach optimal mental health for all?πŸ‘‡πŸΎβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
🧑 Create accessible services for ALL, that are tailored to individual needs.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ’š Actively address the gaps and disparities in mental health for BIPOC Youth and Teens.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ’œ Create a community that de-stigmatizes mental illnesses.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Start learning more about the mental health movement today through the link in our bio! β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#aakomaproject #joinaakoma #supportouryouth #mentalhealthresources #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #letshealtogether #yourmentalhealthmatters #healingtakestime #bipocmentalhealth #emotionalhealthmatters #youthmentalhealth #freetherapy #uniquelyyou #healthymindset #selfcareisimportant #makeyourselfapriority #nurtureyourself #teenmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthmatters #teenmentalhealth #bipocmentalhealthmatters #equalopportunity #differencemakers #youthleadership
...

19 0

In Chapter 5 of Dr. Alfiee's book, Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations, the topic of our perception of self is discussed.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
HOW we think about things we wish to change in our lives matters and also has an impact in our potential for success.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
See if any of this sounds familiar:β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ“Œ I have to post my life of social media so people know it's exciting. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ“Œ I'm tired of struggling with anxiety/depression/trauma but no way am I saying anything because people are way too judgmental.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Every single one of us can benefit from stopping the negative self-talk and allowing it to determine our actions (what we do -- or don't do -- in our lives).β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Try replacing those negative thought patterns with thoughts like these:β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ€ Forget what other people think, it has nothing to do with me anyway. I'm going to create experiences because I want to, not because I need to prove my life is exciting to others!β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ€ It is completely okay for me to seek help because I am not alone.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
This is your reminder that whatever you do, do it for YOU, make it positive and Keep Moving Forward fam. You Got This πŸ‘ŠπŸΎβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#aakomaproject #joinaakoma #supportouryouth #mentalhealthresources #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #letshealtogether #yourmentalhealthmatters #healingtakestime #bipocmentalhealth #emotionalhealthmatters #youthmentalhealth #freetherapy #uniquelyyou #healthymindset #selfcareisimportant #makeyourselfapriority #nurtureyourself #teenmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthmatters #teenmentalhealth #bipocmentalhealthmatters #equalopportunity #differencemakers #youthleadership
...

11 1

THE IMPACT OF STIGMA πŸ‘‡πŸΎβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Psychosocial barriers, such as stigmatized attitudes towards depression treatment, reliance on non-clinical faith-based supports, and concerns about the lack of cultural relevance of treatment, often play a role in the lack of treatment utilization by African Americans.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
For example, Black Youth report that seeking professional help for mental health can be associated with social stigma.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
However, in general, research suggests that an individual is less likely to endorse stereotypes about mental illness if they have had more intimate contact with a person with a severe mental illness.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
In our research, Teens of Color reported modest levels of contact with individuals with severe mental illness. We found these youth less likely to:β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
➑️ Endorse negative stereotypes about mental illness, orβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
➑️ Stigmatize mental illness and stigmatize receiving help for mental illness.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
More data, conversation, and exposure is needed to truly move forward in dispelling the stigma surrounding mental health, especially in the BIPOC community.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Click the link in our bio to learn more!β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#mentalhealthmattersforall #mentalhealthmattersmost #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigmaofmentalillness #aakomaproject #joinaakoma #educateouryouth #theyouthareourfuture #bipocmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthcare #bipocmentalhealthmatters #bipocmentalhealthawarenes #dontsufferinsilencespeakup #youthmentalhealthmatters #encourageouryouth #youthmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthawareness
...

27 0

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! We are so excited to jump into 2022 and all of the things it has to offer! β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Here is a friendly reminder going into the new year πŸ‘‡πŸΎβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
The New Year can come with a lot of noise about setting new goals, we're here to remind you to set goals at your own pace, with grace and on your own time.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
The expectation of having to set New Year goals can overshadow the true purpose of them, which is adding value to our lives! β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
SO lets jump into 2022 blocking the noise and with the mindset of adding the VALUE and EXPERIENCES into our lives that we personally desire! πŸ™ŒπŸΎβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
...

14 2

Our Founder @dralfiee is ALWAYS preaching that you are VALUABLE JUST BECUASE YOU EXIST. We believe this and know that you are uniquely perfect as is and that you don't need to set New Year's goals just that's what everyone does at the beginning of the year.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Instead, we want to encourage you to examine habits and behaviors that you may want to change, but don't ever mistake that focus for you not being enough or being too much and needing to fix yourself β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’œ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
When we're creating goals, it's important to look at the intention behind the goal. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
WHY do you want to achieve that goal? Is it coming from a place of self-love? Or from a place of feeling like you need to fix or change to be acceptable/worthy/lovable? β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
The energy behind your intentions plays a huge role in your success in achieving your goals, so please take a moment to ensure that you're coming from a place of love. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
And if you're not, that's okay! Go back to the drawing board and come at your goals from love. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Now take a moment to reflect on this question: What is your intention behind your goals?β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#happynewyear #2022goals #settinggoals #smartgoals #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthhelp #mentalillnessawareness #breakthestigma #depressionawareness #endthestigma #itsokaytonotbeokay #mentalhealthadvocate #copingskills #anxietyfighter #peersupport #aakomaproject #joinaakoma #supportouryouth #mentalhealthishealth #mentalhealthadvocacy #generationaltrauma
...

29 3

WHY MAKING FUN GOALS IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN 2022 πŸ‘‡πŸΎβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Here's the thing, our brains and subconscious mind are always trying to keep us safe. Which can be great! But also a total pain because our survival brain doesn't always do the best job of recognizing what's a real threat.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Changing your habits? Definitely, a perceived threat by the brain because it's the unknown and can conjure feelings of overwhelm or anxiety.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
This is why if we tell our brain "HEY, LOOK, DOING THIS IS FUN! IT'S SAFE! IT'S BRINGING US JOY!" then we're subconsciously more likely to actually follow through on the goals we set for ourselves.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Your perceptions and the ways that you talk to yourself are so important if you're wanting to change your habits in 2022. Remember to always come from a place of love and grace-- your brain and body are just trying to keep you safe and happy the best way it knows how πŸ§ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#aakomaproject #joinaakoma #supportouryouth #mentalhealthresources #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #letshealtogether #yourmentalhealthmatters #healingtakestime #bipocmentalhealth #emotionalhealthmatters #youthmentalhealth #freetherapy
...

8 0

If you've ever asked yourself how you can become more informed on mental health issues, and contribute to the conversation, here is a great place to start β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’œ β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ‘‰πŸΎ Mental health advocates we love are @myteamsocial @btwfoundation @blackmenheal @mayabtw @ladygaga @cthagod @starbucksβ €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ‘‰πŸΎ Access free virtual therapy for youth & teens on our website β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
πŸ‘‰πŸΎ Head to aakomaproject.org for information, research, and resources on mental health β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
We can ALL contribute to this conversation because we all have mental health! Thank you for supporting The AAKOMA Project-- share this post so others know where to start!β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
.β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
#aakomaproject #joinaakoma #supportouryouth #mentalhealthresources #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #letshealtogether #yourmentalhealthmatters #healingtakestime #bipocmentalhealth #emotionalhealthmatters #youthmentalhealth #freetherapy #uniquelyyou #healthymindset #selfcareisimportant #makeyourselfapriority #nurtureyourself #teenmentalhealthawareness #teenmentalhealthmatters #teenmentalhealth #bipocmentalhealthmatters #equalopportunity #differencemakers #youthleadership
...

20 1

Featured Event

Featured Event

The Power of Kindness

November 12, 2021

Lady Gaga released her new short film, The Power of Kindness , in honor of World Kindness Day. In connection with the Born This Way Foundation, Gaga and our very own Dr. Alfiee spoke with 11 young people about their mental health journey. The conversation focused on what kindness and being kind to yourself meant to each of them, how kindness and mental health go hand in hand, and overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness. In a very powerful moment designed to share that no matter what issue you face, you are not alone, the group participated in an activity with Dr. Alfiee where they would rise if they had experienced certain issues. Looking around, all of the young people were powerfully reminded that they had ALL experienced these issues ... either themselves or through a loved one. Please watch this compelling video on how to practice kindness to all, including yourself.

Upcoming Events

January

27th

2022 Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide: Equity and Equality in Suicide Prevention –Β Expanding the Conversation and Offering Solutions.
Dr. Alfiee will participate in the suicide prevention conference addressing the existing challenges and belief systems, including the impact of the worldwide pandemic. You can registerΒ here.

From Past Events

Who We Are

Founder

Dr. Alfiee

Executive and Personal Assistant

JahneΓ© Simay

Intern

Morgann Noble

Public Relations

Candice Nicole Public Relations

Partners and Collaborators

In the News

Audacy: I’m Listening – September 23, 2021

Audacy: I’m Listening – September 23, 2021

Dr. Alfiee joined Carson Daly as co-hosts for the Audacy stations annual I’m Listening special broadcast. This program is part of Audacy’s 365-day-a-year initiative to help end the stigma of talking about mental health as well as to help those who may be...
Whur: The Daily Drum with Harold Fisher – October 4, 2021

Whur: The Daily Drum with Harold Fisher – October 4, 2021

Dr. Alfiee and Dr. Alfred Amado spoke with Harold Fisher for The Daily Drum’s Insight Segment on What to Know About Teen Suicide. They discussed the dramatic increase over the last few years in teen suicide, particularly in connection with teens of color, signs...
><

Member of the Moment: AAKOMA Project – November 16, 2021

Dr. Alfiee and the AAKOMA Project were featured as the Industrious Office’s Member of the Moment in one of its weekly blog entries. The Article highlighted Dr. Alfiee’s background, her passion for youth mental health, particularly for youth from...
A Conversation For Wellbeing: Redefine You – November 18th, 2021

A Conversation For Wellbeing: Redefine You – November 18th, 2021

Dr. Alfiee was a guest on the new podcast, A Conversation for Wellbeing: Redefine You with Haley Hasselhoff to discuss the reality that how we talk about mental health with those suffering from mental illnesses can be the difference between life and death, making the...

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our peeps, so feel free to connect during normal business hours.

AAKOMA Project, Inc.
contact@aakomaproject.org
4201 Wilson Blvd, Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 486-3382

Hours: By Appointment

Feel free to email usΒ for inquires about volunteering, thought leadership, consulting and partnerships!

For Media Inquiries about about keynotes, presentations and social media influencer partnerships, please connect withΒ Candice NicoleΒ of Candice Nicole Public Relations.

Register here for Virtual Therapy (for young people)

If you are in crisis and need immediate support or intervention, callΒ the mental/behavioral health crisisΒ line of your county behavioral health office.Β Trained crisis workers are generally available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.Β  If the situation is potentially life threatening, please go directly to your nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are a teen or young adult in need of mental health support, register here for up to 5 FREE virtual sessions.

    If you live in Virginia, what county & city do you live in?