All too often, Americans view mental health as a privilege for the wealthy and feel unwelcome or disconnected from traditional providers. At the AAKOMA Project, we are working to change that perception. We believe that everyone-- regardless of background, income, or identity-- deserves optimal mental health.
We define optimal mental health as
1. Recognizing mental health challenges when they arise
2. Understanding where to go for help
3. Supporting friends and loved ones to seek help
Since the stigmas associated with mental health care often begins early, we work with teenagers and their families to raise awareness, conduct patient-centered research, and encourage young people to begin conversations in their communities.
We bring a special focus on the unique experiences of people of color. As a result, we are able to engage with communities on a deeper, culturally relevant level by conducting research and providing clinical support.
Welcome to AAKOMA and thanks for joining our community!
Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee) is a pioneering psychologist with a passion for helping people of all backgrounds (esp. youth and young adults) achieve #optimalmentalhealth. An in-demand media expert, keynote speaker, author and scientist, Dr. Alfiee has the unique ability to translate her scientific knowledge of mental health disparities into engaging and actionable ideas for the public. She has been featured in global media (e.g. NBC News 4 Washington, National Press Foundation, PBS NewsHour and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt) and is the founder of an innovative mental health nonprofit, the AAKOMA Project, which has received national recognition for its effective approach to engaging marginalized youth and empowering them to care for their mental health.
Carúmey Stevens graduated from Cornell University summa cum laude with honors and distinction in May 2019. During her time at Cornell, she dedicated her time to translational research and community advocacy on the topics of marginalized identities, youth, and mental health. She recently participated in a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health where she was able to apply her skills and grow her passions for pediatric mental illness and its treatment. Currently, Carúmey works in talent acquisition and human resources at NBCUniversal where she supports candidate experience and diversity and inclusion efforts. She is excited to be a part of AAKOMA’s efforts to use community based participatory research to create culturally sensitive and informed interventions for Black youth. In the future, Carúmey aspires to use her current skills and experiences to improve the lives and experiences of people through data driven, psychology focused research and practice.
AAKOMA proudly partners with a host of organizations and individuals in support of our work. Some of our partners include:
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