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Sukoon: Healing of the Minds | Help Us Create A Culturally Informed Mental Health Helpline

Guest blogger Sidhra Musani is Program Manager at Dr. Shabaz Charity Group

Guest blog views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of CharityLogic/iCarol, or iCarol’s parent company, Harris Computer Systems.

Help Us Launch Our Mental Health Helpline to Support the Greater Minnesota Community by December 2022!

Sukoon: Healing of the Minds is an initiative that aims to provide support and resources for minds in distress in a culturally informed manner, particularly for underserved and marginalized communities. It’s designed to help individuals from all walks of life cope when they are struggling with their mental health and wellness, regardless of their background, situation or needs. So everyone can get the help they need, with confidentiality and empathy, without fear of judgment or stigma.

Our Helpline Will Serve 7 Days a Week!

The helpline will be open and available to the local community 7 days a week. Individuals can call/text the line anytime between 8 PM and 8 AM for anonymous and free support. Our culturally informed and trained respondents will respond by seeking to listen, understand, support, encourage, and assist as needed. Referrals to practitioners, support groups, local agencies, and other relevant resources will also be provided to connect the caller/texter with potential next steps.

What sets us apart? Empathy with Cultural Understanding.

Did you know that BIPOC communities in particular are much more likely to develop mental health conditions? Among the major barriers for treatment are lack of access to culturally informed mental health treatment and the gaping demand for understanding the unique mental health needs of those communities. Cultural challenges get in the way, and anxiety as well as stigma prevent people from reaching out. Our diverse team of respondents understands those cultural challenges and struggles. As the organization works to develop specialized care services, our aim is for individuals to begin their journey to healing through this helpline with informed respondents who can understand and validate their experiences (through mutual lived experiences). All respondents are trained to help with the following and more:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief & Loss
  • Mental Health Challenges
  • Homelessness
  • Cultural and Religious issues
  • Financial Stress
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Suicide
  • Child Abuse or Neglect
  • Substance Use & Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Identity Crisis

About the Organization

Dr. Shabaz Charity Group (DSCG) is a nonprofit organization that aims to create specialized programming, increase awareness, and provide resources to strengthen the mental, physical and emotional health and wellness of our greater Minnesota community. Our focus is to bridge the gap in providing culturally informed resources and mental health services to minority communities. Please help us provide these resources by donating to our campaign! The Dr. Shabaz Charity Group is non-profit charity organization with 501(c)(3) status. All donations are tax deductible.

Want to support this work with a one-time donation? Donate HERE

Interested in becoming a monthly donor? Check out our $100 or $10 monthly campaigns. Want to learn more about the work we’re doing, check out our website HERE.

Have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please do contact us at depdirector.dscg@gmail.com or give us a call at 612-282-5150.

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