Introducing "Helen’s Project," a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to revolutionizing mental health care within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community. Founded by Kayla Mainja, LCSW, a passionate mental health advocate, Helen’s Project is dedicated to breaking down barriers and ensuring that affordable and accessible mental health resources are readily available to underserved communities. Kayla, a licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in community mental health, recognized the profound disparities in access to mental health care within BIPOC communities. Inspired by a vision of creating a space where healing is both inclusive and affordable, she founded Helen’s Project with the belief that everyone deserves access to quality mental health support, regardless of their background or financial situation. Helen’s Project operates on the principle that culturally competent and empathetic mental health care is essential for holistic well-being. The organization collaborates with a diverse team of mental health professionals who not only possess clinical expertise but also understand the unique cultural nuances and challenges faced by the BIPOC community. The core initiatives of Helen’s Project include:
Affordable Counseling Services: Helen’s Project provides low-cost and sliding-scale counseling services to individuals and families within the BIPOC community, ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder access to mental health care.
Community Outreach and Education: Recognizing the importance of mental health awareness, Helen’s Project actively engages in community outreach and education programs. Workshops, seminars, and events are organized to destigmatize mental health discussions and provide resources for building resilience.
Cultural Competency Training: Helen’s Project is committed to fostering an environment where mental health professionals are well-versed in cultural competency. The organization offers training programs for mental health practitioners to enhance their understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds.
Collaboration with Partners: Helen’s Project collaborates with local community organizations, schools, and healthcare providers to create a network of support. These partnerships aim to strengthen the continuum of care for individuals seeking mental health services.
Helen’s Project envisions a world where mental health care is accessible, inclusive, and supportive of the unique needs of the BIPOC community. Through a combination of clinical services, education, and community engagement, the organization strives to create a healing harbor for all. Join us in building a future where mental health is a right, not a privilege.
Affordable & Accessible mental health services for those in need