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IT'S CYBER MONDAY AND AAKOMA MERCH IS NOW AVAILABLE 🎉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We've been so excited to launch this new line of AAKOMA merch, in support of BIPOC Youth and Teen Mental Health! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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To browse our new collection and support our movement, head to our website by clicking the link in our bio 📱⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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WE NEED REST 💛💜❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Human beings NEED rest in order to function, making it one of the best forms of self-care.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Much like everything else in nature, we work in cycles. You may experience times of increased energy and productivity, only to feel your body craving more sleep the next week.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This is totally normal, and it's important that we learn to be in tune with our bodies. Adequate rest is essential to a healthy lifestyle.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We want to know, how do YOU rest? 👇🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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It's National Family Health History Day, and we want to remind you that oftentimes mental health struggles are generational or inherited from family members 💛💜❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This isn't to place blame, as it's truly a result of the way our family structures, society, and brains are set up.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Teens need to know that they aren't alone and don't need to know where their mental health struggles may derive.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Discussing the physical/mental health history of your family can help answer questions your teen may have around their own mental health experiences and break the cycle.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Learn more about BIPOC Youth and Teen mental health by clicking the link in our bio! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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7-DAY SELF-CARE CHALLENGE 💛💜❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We want to challenge you to take small steps to truly care for yourself over the next week.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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With the seasons changing, the Holidays coming up, and the ongoing stress of daily life, it's important to set aside time to care for yourself.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Every time you complete a challenge, drop a comment below to let us know how it's going 👇🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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PLAY ALONG 💛💜❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1. Screenshot this post and circle your challenges to make BINGO!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Share the screenshot to our story.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 10 to 19-year-olds in the USA, with the greatest increases in suicide rates in the previous decade experienced by African Americans and other racially diverse youth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“The increase in the suicide rate for African American youth from 2.1 to 4.5 per 100,000 or 114 % between 1980 and 1995 points to the potential detriments of untreated depressive illness.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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These numbers remind us of how important the work that we're doing here at The AAKOMA Project really is. We're working towards a society where mental health support is readily accessible for EVERYONE because everyone deserves the chance to receive optimal mental health care.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you or someone you love is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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There's nothing like knowing that you will always have your own back 💪🏿⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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An exercise that has helped us to combat negative self-talk is asking ourselves one simple question: Would I ever talk to my best friend like that?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If the answer is NO, take a step back, and reset yourself. Remember that YOU are your own best friend. Be kind to yourself. 💛💜❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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It's International Stand Up To Bullying Day and we want to remind you that...YOU CANNOT CONTROL THE WORLD, OR OTHER PEOPLE ❌⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The only thing that you can control is YOU.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You can choose to walk away. You can choose to react with kindness. You can choose to reach out for support.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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YOU are powerful.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Standing up to a bully can look like:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💜 Speaking up for yourself or someone else.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💛 Supporting/backing up victims of bullying.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
❤️ Sharing your concerns with an adult.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1 out of every 5 students reports being bullied. Be a part of the solution.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP 💤⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sleep is when our body repairs itself in order to function at its best the next day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A good sleep can improve your memory, concentration, productivity, and athletic performance. It also affects your body weight, stress levels, and disease for better or for worse!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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HOW MUCH SLEEP DOES YOUR YOUTH/TEEN NEED?👇🏾Youth 6–12 years: 9–12 hours per night⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Teens 13–18 years: 8–10 hours per night⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Are they getting enough sleep?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Try these tips to create better-sleeping habits!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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We love a good read at THE AAKOMA Project. We recommend Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper. She showcases how a woman's eloquent rage can be a powerful source of energy.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Brittany is a Black Feminist that reminds us that anger can give us the strength to keep fighting. It is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Eloquent Rage follows in the line of classics in the genre..." ―The New York Times⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Razor sharp and hilarious. There is so much about her analysis that I relate to and grapple with on a daily basis as a Latina feminist." ―America Ferrera⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Cooper is both candid and vulnerable, and unwilling to suffer fools." ―Publisher's Weekly⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We're all for it!! Go and grab your copy TODAY!
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It's Stress Awareness Week, and one of the best ways to combat stress is WRITING ✍🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Grab a journal and grab a pen, and feel free to use the prompts in this post!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You may also want to try your hand at free writing, where you challenge yourself to write for 3 pages without stopping. It's harder than you think, but you might be surprised at what comes out 🗣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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How do YOU handle stress? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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Watch out for the signs that your child is stressed👇🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you're noticing signs like the ones above, your child may be stressed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The AAKOMA Project offers FREE virtual therapy for youth and teens 💛💜❤️ all you have to do is click the link in our bio to get started!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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The countdown is ON! There are only 3 days left to apply for Team AAKOMA! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Why should you join Team AAKOMA?👇🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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💛 It looks great on your resume and is an amazing opportunity to network with people who can help further your education and career.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💜 It's an incredible asset on college applications, and can even lead to letters of recommendation from The AAKOMA Project!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
❤️ It gives you the opportunity to experience something new, impactful, and fulfilling.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We can't wait to meet you! Click the link in the bio to apply for Team AAKOMA today!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#mentalhealthmatters #joinaakoma #aakomaproject #youthmentalhealth #encourageouryouth #mentalhealthawareness #youthempowerment #selfhealthingjourney #mentalhealthresources #selflove #loveandlight #teenmentalhealthawareness #youthmentalhealthmatters #embracediversity #yourvoicematters #freetherapy #safespaces #supportnonprofits #nonprofitorganization #giveback #donate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthwarrior #stopthestigma #raisingawareness #makingchange #endthestigma #personaldevelopment #youthmentalhealthawareness #bipocmentalhealthmatters
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Creating good intention and positive space around social media is so important for teen mental health 🧠⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It's unrealistic to expect teens or young adults to not use social media. Try encouraging them to utilize these 4 habits for a healthier lifestyle.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We can talk about INTENTION-- how do you want to spend your time on social media? Are there things that you want to learn that could be supported by certain creators/accounts?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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How do you think social media affects youth and teen mental health? 👇🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Join @DrAlfiee in partnership with THE @LadyGaga and her @BTWFoundation for a conversation with young adults on kindness, mental wellness, + radical love going live this Friday at 12pm ET / 9am PT in honor of #WorldKindnessDay on ChannelKindness.org and Lady Gaga’s Instagram and Facebook channels. Shout out to EVERYONE who made this possible (@mayabtwf) 

Are you going to be joining us? You should!
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It's the end of Daylight Savings Time, so let's talk about SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER 👇🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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AAKOMA Blog

Good Sweat – September Non-Profit Highlight – October 19, 2021

2022 Mental Health Youth Action Forum

We’re proud to stand alongside MTV Entertainment with the Biden-Harris Administration, Leading Non-Profits, and Other To-Be-Announced Speakers. The initiative aims to empower young people to use storytelling to address the mental health crisis, driving them to take...

Voices Magnified: Youth Digital Crisis

Voices Magnified: Youth Digital Crisis

Premiering September 27 2021, "Voices Magnified: Youth Digital Crisis" examines how the digital world is impacting the mental health of America’s youth. This special will pinpoint how addiction to the digital world is impacting the brains of our youth and will shed...

Voices Magnified: Mental Health Crisis

Voices Magnified: Mental Health Crisis

Premiering September 20 2021, "Voices Magnified: Mental Health Crisis" showcases honest and personal stories of Americans from across the country highlighting the critical issue of mental health in America. Dr. Alfiee discusses ways in which we can help those...

Facebook Live Audio Room with Tayla Parx

Facebook Live Audio Room with Tayla Parx

Dr. Alfiee was a special guest to celebrity actress and singer Tayla Parx discussing coping mechanisms and how they can help you in your day-to-day life (friend to AAKOMA Dr. Charmain Jackman of Innopsych was also a guest on the chat). Taylor Parx | Facebook

11 Alive

11 Alive

Dr. Alfiee was interviewed about the challenge behind parents' strong stances on whether their children should be required to wear masks, including how those strong stances sometimes lead them to act in ways that do not always put them in the best light. She also...

WGVU Morning Show

WGVU Morning Show

Dr. Alfiee was interviewed about the Sound It Out Campaign, which is a program by the Ad Council and Pivotal Ventures designed to help parents and caregivers have more meaningful conversations with their middle schoolers through the power of music. Listen here

Outreach/Awareness

What We Do

Check out this great video from our Black History Month Event at Industrious showcasing what we do at the AAKOMA Project.

AAKOMA Raise the Region 2020

A brief overview of who we are and what we are about at the AAKOMA Project

Screenshot of AAKOMA Project free virtual therapy

NBC Washington | Virginia Doctor’s Mental Health Initiative Offers Help for African-American Communities

Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, founder of the AAKOMA Project, teamed up with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to provide free virtual mental health treatments to help underserved communities in Northern Virginia.

Watch video at NBC Washington

Dr. Alfiee with event participant

Can We Talk? Event

To help establish AAKOMA as a go-to resource for evidence-based mental health outreach and education with Black youth and families we will:

  1. Formally introduce the AAKOMA Project, Inc. to our local community.
  2. Reduce stigma and promote emotional well-being among marginalized youth.
  3. Lay groundwork for long-term capacity building and sustainability.
Black teenager

Ring the Alarm Report

In December 2019, the AAKOMA Project and Dr. Alfiee participated as members of a national working group along with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and the Congressional Black Caucus to develop and share a report on the crisis of African-American and Black youth suicide and mental illness.  Our report is located on the Congresswoman’s website here.

Audience at AAKOMA + BHM event

AAKOMA + BHM Event

It’s no secret that AAKOMA loves the kids, but a lesser known fact is that our outreach also involves parents and teens from diverse backgrounds. AAKOMA is excited to continue building relationships with adolescents and their parents/caregivers across cultural backgrounds for mental health.

Students in graduation robes

BSUFIU in DC

On January 29, 2020, The AAKOMA Project, Inc. was asked to present our work to a group of students representing the Black Student Union of Florida International University. We shared our learning of the past 20 years and our vision for the future. (FIU).

Register here for Virtual Therapy (for young people)

If you are in crisis and need immediate support or intervention, call the mental/behavioral health crisis line of your county behavioral health officeTrained crisis workers are generally available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  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?