In the summer of 2023, amidst the backdrop of an overlooked need for mental health support within migrant communities, Tracey Taldon, a first-generation Haitian-American, and a licensed clinical social worker, embarked on a mission to fill a critical gap. What transpired was the birth of "Healing & Wellness: Empowering Migrant Minds," a non-profit that would redefine the narrative of mental health assistance for those navigating the challenges of a new home
The Genesis: Recognizing the Need
In November 2023, a collaboration with Healing with Trust, LLC, marked the official establishment of "Healing & Wellness: Empowering Migrant Minds." This was more than a partnership; it was a commitment to sustainable impact. The goal? To continue delivering crisis stabilization work and educational workshops on crisis management for migrant families.
The state's limitations in providing adequate mental health assistance to migrants were acknowledged, especially in terms of finances and cultural considerations. The team, fluent in Haitian Creole, Spanish, Portuguese, and Cape Verdean Creole, aimed to bridge this gap. Their approach ensured culturally responsive and accessible mental health support for the diverse migrant community.
The Visionaries: Tracey and Tamara's Journey
Tracey Taldon, a first-generation Haitian-American with a background in criminal justice and clinical social work, emerged as a trailblazer. Her personal experiences and professional expertise fueled the drive to address trauma within migrant populations. Tamara Leroy-London, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, brought her cultural competence and passion for supporting underserved communities, making them a formidable team.
Join the Movement: Transforming Lives and Expanding Our Reach
Healing & Wellness: Empowering Migrant Minds isn't just a non-profit; it's a movement towards compassionate mental health support. If you share our vision, consider joining us. We are actively looking to expand our group and invite you to check out our website for more information. Join this transformative journey, making a difference in the lives of migrant communities, fostering resilience, promoting integration, and eradicating stigmas surrounding mental health.