Photos : Isseu Diouf Campbell
NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray announced on April 23, 2018, Brothers Thrive, a volunteer effort led by black men to promote mental health literacy in their communities. The First Lady is spearheading the coalition which brings together six national service organizations to raise awareness about mental illness, substance misuse, and the stigma associated with seeking treatment.
Brothers Thrive works to encourage a more culturally relevant mental health workforce as part of the recently created Mental Health Advisory Group, create safe spaces throughout the boroughs for conversations, support, and strategy building, and leverage the leadership of black men to encourage their networks to be trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Brothers Thrive service organizations include: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and 100 Black Men
The announcement was made at a press conference which was followed by the first round of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings.