Jones opened Sista Afya Group Psychological Wellness Heart in 2017 to serve the wants of Black girls.
Right this moment, Jones, who serves as the manager director on the middle, celebrated the grand opening of a bigger workplace in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.
“Lots of people have this false impression that Black individuals and Black girls do not need to interact in psychological wellness care,” Jones stated. “We have simply been capable of join with Black girls in a means that’s genuine and retains them coming again.”
Jones stated the robust Black lady stereotype typically makes Black girls much less prone to search out psychological well being help.
“The general public who come to us have been dwelling with a psychological well being situation for over 5 years, so a few of which will come from attempting to push by issues that you do not essentially should,” Jones stated.
Jones stated she plans to broaden from three therapists to 6 by the tip of the yr to fulfill the rising want of Black girls seeking therapists who seem like them.
Licensed Scientific Social Employee Latania Franklin describes herself as a human diary for Black girls.
“Right here at Sista Afya, it’s all about them. They’re seen. They’re heard, and it is a house made only for them,” Franklin stated.
The mission of this psychological wellness middle is mirrored in its identify.
“Afya is a Swahili phrase which means to be wholesome. It means to be effectively and sista is a phrase that we use within the Black neighborhood. It is a time period of connection and endearment,” Jones stated.
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