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DARKNESS RISING PROJECT

About

Darkness RISING is a mental health 501(c)3 nonprofit. We provide free community wellness workshops, REBUILD, Find Me a Therapist, a Black Mental Health Resource Packet, a Black Mental Health Provider Database, inspirational cover songs, visual albums, and live concerts created by Black Broadway and theatre professionals, many who have experienced a mental health condition. Our goal is to reimagine and provide safe and equitable mental health resources, address issues which directly affect the Black community, connect community members to resources, and erase the stigma. We empower the Black community, communities of color, formerly incarcerated community, LGBTQIA, trans community those with lived mental health challenges, and those at the intersection of these communities.

Board Members

Brandy McKoy

Grant Specialist

Bryan Parker

Legal & Compliance Board Member

Shani Graves, LMHC

Advisory Board Member

Jacquim ‘Jacq’ Curtis

Marketing Board Member

Tamar Draughn, LPC

Programs Board Member

Lillias White

Advisory Board Member

Collin Howard

Advisory Board Member

Carlita Ector

Founding Executive Director

DR Team Members

Antuan Byers

Operations & Logistics Coordinator

Kyma Lassiter

Community Programs Director

Nisani Lopez

Social Media Manager

Nekeyeta Newkirk

Marketing Coordinator

REBUILD Team Members

Cashmere Bentley

REBUILD Program Manager

Bobby Harrington

Community Programs Director

Rodrigue Dorleus

Therapist Connector/Outreach

Jay Giles

Therapist Connector

OUR MISSION

Erase

the negative stigma of mental health issues

Improve

the health and wellness of the Black community

Raise

awareness about mental health in our community

Empower

and engage our community via resources, events and services.

OUR VALUES & COMMITMENTS

  • Darkness RISING strives to offer a safe space. We are committed to building a space where people can bring their whole selves.
  • LGBTQIA-affirming, Black-affirming space
  • Community-led and community informed
  • People-first approach, strength-based approach
  • Peer support model centering people with lived experience
  • Centering the healing power of joy and laughter
  • Abolitionist re-imagining of the mental health system rooted in community care
  • Disability justice approach centering the needs and experiences of people facing intersectional oppression
  • Community trust, consent, and wellness are prioritized
  • We are constantly growing and evolving – this is a living statement

What We Do

Wellness Workshops

We offer free wellness workshops throughout the year, including: Meditation, Fitness, Yoga, Adult Coloring, Community Forums & more

Mental Health Resources

Darkness RISING provides free mental health resources including:

  • REBUILD
    Find Me a Therapist
  • Black Mental Health Provider Database
  • Black Mental Health Resource Packet
  • Wellness Workshops

Music & Mental Health

Our Broadway singers perform at live events and virtually, singing songs of hope. Our video series includes singing, dancing + conversations about mental health

Contact

Socials: @darknessrisingproject
#IamDarknessRISING

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