Mental Health and Community


Fascil and Heron are up-and-coming leaders in the local Ethiopian community. Fascil is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, a small business owner and works as a psychiatric assistant in a mental health clinic. Heron is working on a Master’s in mental health while working for the Department of Human Services.

Fascil and Heron felt compelled to take action... sooner than later... around a significant issue facing their community. They are concerned about the growing number of people in the local African immigrant community suffering from mental illnesses.

When asked about the suicide rate, Fascil and Heron won’t be able to provide a statistic. There are no statistics. There are, rather, too many stories of young people in their community taking their own lives – all of which could have been prevented with access to culturally relevant resources around mental health.

One of the primary barriers is misunderstandings around mental health issues, including many who consider mental health as a form of superstition.

On November 15, 2015, 40+ people came together to hear their vision – and then offered suggestions, ideas, and connections to further their work. Check out the eBook we created as a result of this Friendraiser. 


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