I was impressed with the number of post published and shared via blogs and social media to mark Mental Health week. If you are reading this today and suffering from depression or any other symptoms related to mental health – be sure to know that you are not alone. There are people and support groups out there out there waiting to listen to you, support you and share you their own testimonies.
I believe a serious shout out to all our bloggers, vloggers, event planners who celebrated Mental Health Week this month is required!!!!!
Earlier on this month I was given the opportunity to write a piece for “The Move” (coming soon for the June edition)* and I thought it would be an idea to write about the lack of representation of the black community owning charities and support groups related to mental health. So I guess, this post is to give you readers the heads up for when the featured post is out. So be on the look out!
During my search I stumbled across an organisation called SibiCare founded by Evadine Okoye in which I briefly mentioned in the featured post.
What stood out most to me about SibiCare is that in addition to it being an organisation being black owned Evadine also found a gap in unique situation when considering mental health. When a young individual is diagnosed with a mental type illness, current support groups are readily available to support the patient and his/her guardians/parents. But what about support for the siblings? After all (well in my opinion) siblings will also first-point interactions with the diagnosed brother or sister just like his /her guardians/parent.
For optimal service, SibiCare equips users with a number of SibiCare components supported by clinical professionals and verified sources to train and educate users and promises to recognise the importance of being user centered and cater to the users needs.
As a blacked owned organisation, I think Evadine has the potential to be big and potentially even break through the “Glass Ceiling“; it could even be what we need to dissolve stigmas around the black community and mental health.
Going forward, I was opportune to ask a few questions to Evadine Okoye (EO) to give us more of an insight to her organisation.
What were the challenges you faced setting up SibiCare and sustaining it?
EO: One of the core challenges is having investors believe in the potential social impact of the business. Siblings need just as much support as their ill sibling. Since this not an area that hasn’t really been addressed nor tapped into, I have found that’s it’s only those who are going through a similar situation have the ability to emphasise and understand the necessity of support within the area. As for sustaining it, we are fortune enough to have a team of people on board who invest back into SibiCare because they believe in the future impact for those who engage with their platform.
What are the plans for the future of SibiCare?
EO: SibiCare hopes to globally expand. One of our core areas is to go into schools and work places. Although we specifically focus on siblings we are hoping in the future to focus on parents, friends and spouses.
Whilst finding out SibiCare and similar Black owned support groups (which are very low in numbers), we need to remember it’s not only about investing in Black products that we so love to add to our wardrobes, paint on our faces or even feed out stomachs with – sometimes put your money in a organisations catered to our community relating to health, lifestyle, education and more.
Typing to you soon.
The link of my featured post is here
If you are needing encouragement: Your Covered!